Renowned activist and calypso legend Harry Belafonte will be celebrated with a birthday concert at Aaron Davis Hall on March 1. On what will be his 92nd birthday, members of the Belafonte Alumni Group — a collective of performers that toured with the entertainer in his heyday — will be honoring him with a musical show of some of his greatest songs. Comment
Arts & Theater:
It’s a milestone year.
The National Black Theatre is going to continue celebrating its 50th anniversary from now until mid-fall. The premier Harlem-based arts organization was founded half a century ago by artist and writer Dr. Barbara Ann Teer on Oct. 24, 1968 — creating a space of originality for black artists and creatives. Now 50 years into its existence, the company hopes to maintain its role in being a go-to place for black art, and its team takes pride in reaching its turning point, said its artistic director. Comment
One People, One Nation, with One Destiny, was the common thread that ran through a pulsating multicultural presentation of music, dance, drumming, and a parade of Guyana’s six races, to commemorate the nation’s 49th Mashramani under the auspices of Ambassador Rudolph M. Ten-Pow and Consul General of Guyana to New York, Barbara Atherly, who, called on expatriates to celebrate Guyana’s diversity with unity and pride. Comment
The Aaron Diehl trio will be performing a concert at Baruch Performing Arts Center next month.
Made up of jazz pianist Aaron Diehl, and his trio which includes drummer Aaron Kimmel and bassist David Wong, are going to perform “Virtuoso at Play,” — a two-hour show as part of the Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives Series on March 28. Comment
t’s a musical trinity.
A collaborative show featuring three standout musicians will take center stage at the Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center on March 9. Comment
Arts & Theater:
We’re going back to our roots.
A mixed media performance celebrating traditional African spirituality will play at Teatro Latea on Feb. 19. “Vodou Roots: A Love Story Musical,” is a musical-like show inspired by its Haitian-American creator Regine Romain, and her cultural pilgrimage to Benin. The educator and anthropologist’s trip to the West African birthplace of vodou, was a beneficial awakening about its origins, which she wanted to condense her experience and share. Comment
He’s got big plans!
Barbados’ newest Consul General, Mackie Holder, has some big projects set for his tenure. The recently appointed diplomat hosted his first big public event of the year at Medgar Evers College on Jan. 26 — a summit introducing himself to the Barbadian Diaspora, and exploring many of his concerns and visions for the year. He said many more similar events will be held and he will tackle and bring on as many issues to the forefront. Comment