Haleem Rasul (dance / choreography) & Hardcore Detroit
E.Reid JIT Coalition (live music / production)
Mono Mukundu (guitar)
A synthesis of Zimbabwean jiti, Detroit ghetto tech, jit dance, jazz and funk, this performance features dancer/choreographer Haleem “Stringz” Rasul of Detroit with musical support from Zimbabwean guitarist Mono Mukundu and SMTD students and alumni. The uncanny parallel in historical narrative and the similar dance styles exemplify the theme of interconnectedness in UMMA’s exhibition Beyond Borders: Global Africa, while the artists’ exchange engages the exhibition’s theme of hybridity and its dialogic approach to African and African diasporic arts.
The exhibition Beyond Borders: Global Africa will be open for browsing following the performance.
This performance is part of a larger Detroit - Zimbabwe cultural exchange and residency hosted by the University of Michigan’s Center for World Performance Studies and the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies in collaboration with Zimbabwe Cultural Centre of Detroit. The residency includes five prominent artists and scholars from Detroit and Zimbabwe in an exchange project that investigates cross-cultural encounters and cultural organizing for political and social change, particularly in dance and film. Find out more about the workshops, panel discussions, and exhibitions taking place during the week of September 10.