May, FIAF launches World
Nomads, a series that examines the cross-cultural
exchange of ideas, artistic expression, and style. This transcultural
journey begins in contemporary Africa bringing artists together
for engaging programs considering Africa's cultural impact
on France and the rest of the world.
To open its inaugural World
Nomads series, FIAF presents the well-traveled, satin
strains of soul singer Ayo, performing selections from
her double platinum-selling (France) album, Joyful.
Born in Germany to a Nigerian father and a Roma mother,
and ever keeping Paris as her spiritual home, Ayo’s
pedigree seeps deep into bittersweet songs built from the
world. Liquid organ riffs, acoustic guitars, and bongos
punctuate mellifluous vocals that float with ease over
deep reggae beats, evoke the stages of the Elysée-Montmartre
in one moment, and the streets of Lagos in the next.
55 East 59th Street
FIAF Members $20
Students with ID $20
support from Trace magazine, the official media sponsor
of World Nomads 2008.
Image © Jean-Marc Lubrano