radio program explores Afrofuturism in Detroit | MSU Today



The Science Gallery of the MSU Museum is pleased to present – in partnership with WDET-FM, Detroit’s NPR station – a two-hour program exploring Afrofuturism in Detroit titled “Sonic Assembly: On Afrofuturism and Performance”. Hosted by WDET’s CultureShift’s Amanda LeClaire and Science Gallery’s Programming Manager Antajuan Scott, this special will air from noon to at 14h Friday August 6 on WDET 101.9 FM as part of the 29th Annual Color Concert.

Afrofuturism is an ideology strongly rooted in the city of Detroit. From musical acts like Parliament Funkadelic to the writings of author Clarence Young, the entry points span the creative realm. For this event, Julian Chambliss, Curator of the History of Val Berryman at the MSU Museum, will present an introduction to Afrofuturism. Then the program will continue with interviews and performances by three acclaimed Detroit-based artists. This includes Kesiena Wanogho (aka Kesswa), Jordyn Davis, and Natasha T. Miller.

The 29thThe annual Concert of Colors – Detroit’s most beloved free global music festival – will be a mix of live, broadcast and streamed events from August 2-9. The list of greats around the world includes Roy Ayers, Melvin Davis, Souad Massi, Organic Orchestra, and Brooklyn Raga Massive, as well as acts from Haiti, Japan, Uganda, and other countries. The Don Was All Star Detroit Revue returns for a spectacular tribute to George Clinton.

For the second year in a row, Science Gallery will contribute to the programming of the Concert of Colors which explores Detroit’s rich musical and cultural heritage. “Sonic Assembly: On Afrofuturism and Performance” is made possible, in part, by the Michigan State University Federal Credit Union.

For more information, visit the MSU Museum website.


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