Concert of Colors – October 21


Doors open 7:30 PM, Show starts 8PM Monday, Oct. 21

FREE @ TCF CENTER (formerly known as Cobo Hall)

As part of the National Immigrant Integration Conference 2019: New American Dreams — Solidarity*Strength*Transformation   – the Concert of Colors will offer entertainment including some of the world’s (and Detroit’s) leading entertainers who have helped burst barriers and build cultural bridges.
The Concert of Colors, which annually takes place in July, is hosting the free, open to the public autumn concert to support its mission of unity and diversity.
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Monday, October 21, 2019 – 7:30 PM

Saladin Ahmed

Marvel Comic author. Saladin Ahmed’s THRONE OF THE CRESCENT MOON was nominated for the Hugo and Nebula awards and won the Locus Award for Best First Novel. His first comic, BLACK BOLT, won the Will Eisner award. His original horror comic ABBOTT was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award and was a Michigan Notable Book. Saladin currently writes the Marvel comics MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN and THE MAGNIFICENT MS. MARVEL. He’ll be reading “Clay and Smokeless Fire,” a short story originally written for Slate’s Trump Story Project.

Los Cafeteras

Genre-bending sound & electric live performance infusing lyrically rich storytelling with the purpose of sharing the hidden stories of migrant life in Los Angeles. Inspired not only from Mexican music, but from rock, reggae, hip-hop and Motown. In 2005, rooted in community & tradition, a group of students learning Son Jarocho music became known as ‘Los Cafeteros,’ named after the Eastside Cafe community center, which two members helped found.  They soon changed their name to Las Cafeteras to honor the feminine spirit of the group. Without intending to, they organically evolved from student-group into a performance group aimed at sharing Afro-Mexican music from Southern Veracruz, Mexico in their neighborhoods. Las Cafeteras released their highly anticipated new album in the Spring of 2017.  Las Cafeteras play music with the spirit that can only be explained through an ancient African Proverb, “if you can walk, you can dance, and if you can talk you can sing.”



Pathe Jassi & Sean Blackman Trio

When these two musical legends work together, something electrifying and magical is created on stage. Hear the majestic, Creole vocals of Pathe Jassi of Senegal along with his amazing polyrhythmic Afro/Jazz standup bass and bass guitar playing. One of Detroit’s best-kept secrets – but known in many other parts of the world – Jassi’s voice is as big as an African sunrise. Jassi spent half of his musical career playing and recording with legendary West African singers Youssou N’Dour of Senegal and Cheikh Lo of Burkina Faso. And, studied with jazz legend Sam Sanders.

Sean Blackman, acoustic nylon string guitar virtuoso, impeccably and energetically blends Armenian, Brazilian, Flamenco and other musical styles with Detroit jazz. Charismatic on stage, Blackman hosts sold out shows in major theatres. He is known for his compositions and world music and dance concerts comprised of artists in which he scours the planet to locate. Whether it’s finding a hidden-talent street musician in Rio, or dancers in Senegal, Blackman has brought and invited incredible musicians to his major stages to give them the attention they deserve. His world fusion music is critically acclaimed with a goal of building unity. His talent as an artist, dedicated Detroit audience and awards for cultural leadership made him a household name. Together, Jassi, Blackman and a world class percussionist will make it an evening to remember.

Now in its 12th year, NIIC is the largest conference on immigration in the U.S. and plays a central role in the powerful, diverse and broad immigrant and refugee rights and integration field. A core project of the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) and its member organizations—37 of the largest regional immigrant rights organizations in 31 states—NIIC convenes policymakers, academics, corporate and community leaders, researchers and practitioners, faith and labor leaders and funders from across the country. At the NIIC, the many different spokes of this field gather to develop relationships, build campaigns, amplify shared values, be inspired, build relationships, and share ideas, strategies, lessons learned and new information and innovations. It is an important space for leaders and organizations, and strengthens collaborations and partnerships that power work at the local, regional and national level.

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