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Community Events, Dining Experiences, Food & Dining, Music
Price: $85
Jul 16, 2022
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
1440 Multiversity, 800 Bethany Drive, Scotts-Valley, California, United States, 95066

About This Learning Event

Join 1440 Multiversity and the Silicon Valley African Film Festival for a special evening of African food, music and films that will leave you feeling inspired to enrich the world. This experiential Echoes of Africa community gathering offers a unique twist on the popular 1440 Multiversity Tapas & Tunes and Mindful Movie Night events, curating some of the finest talents in African cuisine, arts and entertainment as we all learn to Live, Love and Wonder Well in the redwoods.


Echoes of Africa begins with a global tapas meal at Kitchen Table, featuring 1440 culinarians and guest chef and JK Kitchen founder Olajumoke Akinsola - a highly sought-after caterer and chef within the immigrant Nigerian and West African community in the San Francisco Bay Area and across the country. Guests will enjoy sampling sustainable locally sourced dishes while enjoying soulful live music performed by Zimbabwean-born Piwai, whose love for music - which seamlessly flows from jazz, reggae or folk to pure African rhythms - is influenced by her multicultural Southern Africa and gospel music exposure in her early childhood.


Following dinner, guests will enjoy an interactive African Drumming Workshop with Master Drummer Nabi Bangoura; using the West African Djembe drums, participants will be invited into a drum circle that echoes a traditional African village square while learning how to play the djembe drum and speak its language in beats, phrases, and signatures. The Echoes of Africa evening concludes with the screening of five narrative short films hosted by Silicon Valley African Film Festival Founding Director Chike Nwoffiah along with a post screening dialogue with filmmakers Sydney Morgan Currie and Hilda Afrakoma. Films include Hues and Hidden Kings (7 minutes; director Sydney Morgan Currie in attendance), 1st Kings (15 minutes; director Hilda Afrakoma in attendance), Invisibles (17 minutes), The Boy and the Jazz (3 minutes) and Painting the Lily (12 minutes).


Don't miss this incredible opportunity to experience Echoes of Africa at 1440 with our partners at the Silicon Valley African Film Festival - tickets are limited and will sell out!


Event Schedule:

  • 5:45-7:00 p.m.: Campus Arrivals/Registration. Tapas dinner at Kitchen Table featuring a West African cuisine option by Guest Chef Jumoke Akinsola, plus a live music performance by Zimbabwean-born recording artist Piwai
  • 7:00-7:30 p.m.: West African interactive drumming at Redwood Amphitheater, led by Master Drummer Nabi Bangoura
  • 7:30-9:00 p.m.: African Movie Night, screening five award-winning short films from Africa and its diaspora along with commentary from filmmakers


Film Details:

  • Hues and Hidden Kings (7 minutes / 2017; directed by Sydney Morgan Currie, who will be in attendance; USA): A poetic dialogue of racial and political injustice in America. The redefining declaration of inheritance made by an African American artist.
  • 1st Kings (15 minutes / 2020; directed by Hilda Afrakoma, who will be in attendance; Ghana / Canada): In the 21st century, a monarch mysteriously disappears leaving the fate of the kingdom to his nephew, a striving fencer who is forced to lead a colonial war.
  • Invisibles (KaunaPawa) (17 minutes / 2019; directed by Joel Haikali; Namibia): Two individuals, feeling irrelevant to the world, run into each other at a low point in their lives. Instead of drowning together, they go on a journey to self-love and freedom. By traveling the majestic Namibian outback, the landscape of the psyche of a post-Apartheid nation and theirs, they find their place.
  • The Boy and The Jazz (3 minutes / 2021; directed by Flavio dos Santos; Brazil): Animated short that tells the story of a boy in love with music who, upon seeing the window of a musical instrument store, decides he wants a trumpet to become a jazz musician. When he realizes that the price of the instrument is higher than he can afford, he feels frustrated, but then he starts looking for ways to achieve his goals.
  • Painting the Lily (12 minutes / 2019; directed by May El Maraashly; Egypt): Confronted with a sudden crisis that turns her life upside down, Roukaya makes up her mind to leave her hometown, Alexandria, seeking an alternative life in Cairo, where she comes across, Malak, the teenager absorbed in her own world. Together, both ladies set on a journey inside this world in search for self-reconciliation and letting go of the past.


Event Notes: This is an 18-and-over event.


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