AYIBOBO! CREATIVE SYMPOSIUM
Ayibobo! is a Haitian colloquialism spoken in joy to exclaim glory or hallelujah!
After three evenings of arthouse music, film & performance the MATATU Festival of Stories leads its closing day festivities with an afternoon of great music, new connections, and thoughtful conversation led by some of the world’s leading Afrofurists, Creators and Spiritual Practitioners. We’d rather not call it a conference; think of it more like a symposium – dj’s play a day social (party?) kinda thing downstairs while critical thinkers and producers share tools of the trade they’ve picked up somewhere in their travels. Tell some friends, bring yourself, but bring a notepad – too.
It’s happening in Oakland on the afternoon of Saturday, October 15 at Starline Social Club. #Ayibobo! Tickets are $15 – or pay what you can, it's cool! Just hop on! This is about your picking up something along the road, and taking it with you on your journey.
New Creatives & The Power of Imagination (3:00 - 4:30 PM)
Shadi Rahimi: Journalist/Producer Al Jazeera +
Damani Baker: Filmmaker Still Bill, The House On Coco Road
King Britt: Music Producer/DJ, Digable Planets, Fhloston Paradigm
Emotional Intelligence: How Energy is the New Currency (5:00 - 6:30 PM)
Hasnaa Tauhidi, Spiritual Practioner
Yrsa Daley-Ward, Writer, Poet, Actress
Amir Sulaiman, Writer, Poet
Disc Jockey's in the Lounge
DJ Lady Ryan
DJ Red Corvette
MATATU thanks the Ayibobo! co-conspirators:
Museum of the African Diaspora Vanguard
REHAB Online Magazine
The East Oakland Collective
Third Space Media
Saturday, OCTOBER 15 @ 2-7PM
STARLINE SOCIAL CLUB
Hassan Hajjaj, considered "the Andy Warhol of Morocco," paints a more complex vision of contemporary Islamic gender roles.
A French-Ivorian, who grew up in upper class French society, unpacks socio-economic privilege and racial discrimination in France today.
A visual and musical journey through the fantastical funeral rituals of South Vietnam, with parallels to those of New Orleans.
Yrsa Daley-Ward is a writer and poet of mixed West Indian and West African heritage. Bone is her most recently published work.
For six years, Amir Sulaiman has been writing an epic love poem about someone, and about love itself as the why/how the universe was created.
Oakland artists take on a massive mural downtown, only to find themselves at the center of gentrification and cultural resiliency debate.