Xoomba @ the Shrine May 30th
SUPER SLOW Fashion Culture Soirée
Xoomba proudly makes it's apparel in Burkina Faso from field to finished piece. Through film, music and fashion - discover the ambiance of a country with an astounding culture of progressive activism. Burkina Faso, which translates to “Land of People of Integrity” was named by the revolutionary leader Thomas Sankara. 30 years after his assassination, the people of Burkina still strive and struggle through economic hardship to live up to their name with extraordinarily good humor. Enjoy 3 poignant and poetic documentaries, followed by live afro-contemporary music with Nils NuSens and friends and as the Xoomba collection is modeled on stage.
Join us May 30th, 6-8 pm, at the Shrine, 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, bt 133 & 134 streets
Rage of the People
In 2014, the people across Burkina Faso refused to allow the president of 27 years to change the constitution to run for president again. This film documents the preparations in Bobo Dioulasso, the cultural center of Burkina, that led up to the insurrection that sent Blaise Campaore out of office. Frederique Lagny captures the behind the scenes discussions and eloquent debates that organized a people to stand up for their rights.
The title plays on the words water and help. Water and electricity is scarce in Burkina Faso, and the shortages are far worse for the poorest neighborhoods, often obliging people to wait in line all night to get their rations for the day. In this touching film, Wabinlé Nabié, shows how the people in these neighborhoods cope with such injustice with surprisingly good humor and resilience.
Nils & Friends Afrofunk
When Nils ads his funky juices to the mix the sound is inevitably groovy as he plays with excellent musicians from the intersecting worlds of afro, jazz and funk.