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Okayafrica TV: Vernon Reid’s ‘Artificial Afrika’

Okayafrica TV: Vernon Reid’s ‘Artificial Afrika’

Okayafrica TV linked up with Living Colour guitarist — and Roots crew favorite — Vernon Reid at his multimedia Artificial Afrika performance:

Things you may or may not know about Vernon Reid: Rolling Stone accurately listed him among their top 100 greatest guitarists of all time, he’s the guitar player in Living Colour, he’s a mentor and inspiration to The Roots‘ own guitarist Cap’n Kirk, he’s got bands (see Masque and Yohimbe Brothers), and a plethora of projects he either spearheads, participates in and/or collaborates with (see Burnt SugarRonald Shannon JacksonJames Blood Ulmer, and more). What you probably don’t know about is a piece of experimental theatrical performance and video art that Reid has been crafting for years entitled “Artificial Afrika – A Tale Of Lost Cities.”

And you should.  Luckily the piece is still up in NYC this weekend (Feb. 24 + 25) at Dixon Place.  Watch our exclusive OkayafricaTV piece above where Reid explains his attempt to explore “the Africa of our minds” – the idea of a mythical Africa that exists parallel to the “real” Africa, a space that he delves into with video art, song, guitars, banjos, text, conversation, language, dance, and more.  Then, go see it for yourself.

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Shot and edited by Chinisha Scott, sound by Greg Scott.

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