DJ lynnée denise was invited to co-produce an event she titled, The School of Prince, with the Los Angeles, California Public Library's ALOUD program. With this invitation to curate one of the most inspiring artists in the history of Black music and in American music in general, she invited Greg Tate, Tisa Bryant and Ernest Hardy to share reflections on the life of Prince and she offered musical selections and discussed key periods in Prince's career. The four artists gathered to a packed theater and paid tribute and explored the forty-year career of Prince. Drawing on original work, music clips and the emerging field of Prince Studies, this cultural work considered the impact of Prince on literary culture and beyond. Click here for the filmed recording of this magical night.
REPATRIATION RHYTHMS (Cape Town, South Africa)
a collaborative performance curated by Chandra Frank
Curated by Chandra Frank, and presented in collaboration with the Iziko South African National Gallery, Repatriation Rhythms is a collaborative performance event in which queer intimacy, touch and the exchange of bodies of thought and text are explored in relation to sound, music and movement.
Including a sonic landscape created by LA-based DJ Lynnée Denise and an improvised dance work by Zanele Siko-Radu, the performance will be accompanied by a projection of African diasporic dance, embodied by Black American dancers from the early 1900s to 2000s. Bringing these elements together, Repatriation Rhythms is inspired by the cultural exchange between Black South Africa and Black America, and the political implications of the relationship between the US and South African governments in upholding the social engineering that produced apartheid and its living legacies. Inserting a queer kinship model, and seeking to rewrite (or perform) voices and bodies missing from revisionist histories, the piece forwards a speculative archive rooted in the exchange of solidarity work.