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"Soul of a Nation" Block Party

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free saturdays at the de young museum

Barbara Jones-Hogu, "Unite" (detail), 1971. Screenprint. Estate of Barbara Jones-Hogu. Courtesy of Lusenhop Fine Art

Admission to Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963–1983 is free during this special kick-off celebration! Enjoy a full day of live performances, food, and fun for all-ages. 

Highlights include a live set by Golden State Warriors’ official DJ, DJ D Sharp, live performances from rapper Ruby Ibarra and SOL Development, and mindfulness yoga with community-activists from We The Healthiest.

Event Lineup

Melonie & Melorra Green Emcee the Party (all day)
They host a Tuesday night weekly radio show, The Ibeji Lounge on KPOO 89.5FM. They are currently the co-executive directors of the African-American Art and Culture Complex in San Francisco.
 
We The Healthiest Presents: Qi Gong With Danielle Victoria, 10-10:45am & 1pm-2pm
Danielle will lead an intimate conversation about redefining health & medicine through culture. During this session she will demonstrate & teach meditative movement arts in the form of Qi Gong while discussing the board applications for these powerful mindfulness exercises. Participants will learn how body movement and our relationship to space correlates to how we process emotions. 
 
Family Art-Making with Artist Malik Senefru, 10 am5 pm
Malik is a self-taught African-American artist that has created more than 1,000 different pieces of artwork, including paintings, murals, and mixed media projects over the past 25 years.
 
Pop-up Performances with SF’s Premiere Locking Crew, Groovmekanex, 11 am5 pm
Although they are known as SF’s premier “Locking” crew, the individual dancers themselves are well versed in other styles such as b-boying, popping, strutting, house, and hip-hop.
 
Live Set by DJ D Sharp + Martin Luther McCoy and Vocal Rush, 11:30 am12:25 pm
The official DJ of the Golden State Warriors will be joined by special guests Martin Luther McCoy and Vocal Rush for a performance like no other.
 
Afrobeat and Dance with Sistah Iminah, 12:3012:55 pm
Sistah Iminah is a singer/songwriter, dancer, educator, consultant, priestess, entrepreneur & humanitarian hailing from Oakland, CA with roots in Nigeria, Jamaica, Texas, and beyond. With her unique brand of "born-Again African Soul”, Sistah Iminah's goal is to inspire the original greatness of Africa to rise again.
 
Live Set by DJ Nina Sol, 11:30 pm
Nina Sol delivers a genre-bending soulful sound that resonates with audiences locally and across the globe.
 
Live Blues with the Howard Wiley Trio, 1:352:05 pm
Tenor saxophonist Howard Wiley is steeped in a vast array of African-American idioms, from gospel, blues and jazz to R&B, funk and hip-hop.
 
Live Performance by Public Enemy 2.0’s Jahi, 2:103:05 pm
Jahi is a Hip Hop artist skilled in the art of Emceein' and DJing. Jahi began his career in 1999 as the first local artist to perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opening for Public Enemy.
 
Live Performance by Bassist and Singer, Aneesa Strings, 3:103:40 pm
Aneesa Strings is a bassist, vocalist, and composer from Oakland, California. She began playing professionally and recorded her first jazz album at just 13 years old.
 
Live Rap Performance by Ruby Ibarra, 3:454:15 pm
Born in the Philippines, Ruby spent the first 4 years of her life in Tacloban City before her family eventually settled in San Lorenzo, California. Submerged in the melting pot of the Bay Area, Ruby's adolescent years introduced her to a wide array of cultures, experiences, and most importantly: hip hop.
 
Live Performance by SOL Development
SOL Development (Source of Light), mirrors Nina Simone’s quintessential words: an artist’s duty is to reflect the times. The band offers music to illuminate today’s cultural and political climate, matching it with a sound that allows the listener to feel empowered in finding their own activism and healing.

Ticket Information

General admission and special programming is free on Saturdays at the de Young and Legion of Honor for all residents of the nine Bay Area counties. Admission to the exhibition Soul of a Nation is free on the second Saturday of each month from November through February.


Contact Information

Public Programs
publicprograms@famsf.org
(415) 750-7624

Sponsors

Free Saturdays admission is generously underwritten by Diane B. Wilsey and programming is supported by the Ford Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.