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Sep 13

JIT Exchange

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.

This performance is organized by the Center for World Performance Studies, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies and the Zimbabwean Cultural Center of Detroit and presented in partnership with the SMTD@UMMA Performance Series. The larger residency of the Jit Exchange is a Zimbabwe Cultural Centre of Detroit project made possible through John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, presented in collaboration with U-M Center for World Performance Studies and Department of Afroamerican and African Studies. Co-sponsored by the African Studies Center, Institute for Humanities, Residential College, School of Music, Theatre & Dance, and the University of Michigan Museum of Art, with support from the King•Chavéz•Parks Visiting Professors Program and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

The SMTD@UMMA performance series is generously supported by the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund and the Greg Hodes and Heidi Hertel Hodes—Partners in the Arts Endowment Fund.

Lead support for Beyond Borders: Global Africa is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, Michigan Medicine, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the University of Michigan Office of Research, African Studies Center, and Department of Afroamerican and African Studies.  Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan CEW+ Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund and Susan Ullrich.