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Lukumi Arts is an interdisciplinary arts collective dedicated to creating innovative projects. Founded (January2008) as an open and growing collective of artists, orisha/palo priests and practitioners, singers, dancers, percussionists, MCs, and producers; we narrate stories that reflect the history, struggles, perserverance and beauty of our community. Amidst a negative array of stereotypes, images and misinformation about Afro-Cuban religions and culture, we communicate the positive, empowering nature of Afro-Cuban arts.

 

 

 

 

La Sirene at Sanctuary

Chango - La Sirene: Rutas de Azucar from Lukumi Arts on Vimeo.

For this 2017, we will kickoff the year of ever changing politics at the end of the Obama era and beginnings of a Trump Presidency. We have updated our La Sirene sound and video performance based on our first version of La Sirene: Rutas de Azucar that we presented at JACK Dec.1-4th, 2016. New times call for new things as the thaw between Cuba and the U.S. continues, singer/performer Jadele McPherson considers Afro-Cuban and Haitian contributions to the Afro-Atlantic. She creates a musical and theatrical bridge connecting the Cuban-American experience of today with black liberation figures, conjurers and spiritual leaders from two hundred years ago. Scenes of a young Cuban-American woman discovering her own rebellious ancestry are swallowed by music, dance and ritual featuring some of the great dance and music artists this city has to offer. Video credit: Raymond Tobechi Crouch, Mercedita Valdes Intern