|Amkoullel and Yacouba Sissoko. Photo: Mike Benigno|
Presenting the work of artists from the Muslim world has been a particularly important part of this legacy. World music icons Youssou N’Dour (Senegal) and Rokia Traoré (Mali) headlined the Nonesuch celebration during the 2014 Next Wave Festival. Mic Check: Hip-Hop from North Africa and the Middle East (2013) showcased the growing hip-hop scene in those regions with energetic performances by such artists as Amkoullel (Mali), Deeb (Egypt), El Général (Tunisia), and Shadia Mansour (Palestine/UK). Muslim Voices: Arts & Ideas, BAM’s 2009 partnership with Asia Society and NYU Center for Dialogues, engaged with audiences through an academic and policy conference as well as mainstage, film, and visual arts components. And, in 1996, Anglo-Punjabi alt-rock band Cornershop paired with Pakistani Muslim devotional ensemble the Sabri Brothers in a groundbreaking double bill.
|Youssou N'Dour. Photo: Jack Vartoogian|
The first Muslim Stories presentation will be Dream’d in a Dream, from New York-based Seán Curran Company and Kyrgyz folk music ensemble Ustatshakirt Plus, who met during a DanceMotion USASM (a program of the US Department of State and BAM) residency in the Kyrgyz Republic. Dream’d in a Dream is a particularly auspicious series kick off—it allows audiences to engage in a musical genre uncommon to New York City, and it demonstrates the intriguingly beautiful results of two disparate cultural traditions coming together. From Dec 2—5, Burkina Faso choreographer and Brooklyn transplant Souleymane Badolo performs Yimbégré (“beginning”) at the BAM Fisher, exploring the tension between roots and aspirations. Thanks for joining us.