Saturday, September 23, 2017
Joseph M. Bryan, Jr., Theater in the Museum Park
GATES OPEN AT 5:30 PM
To conclude our Threads of Africa celebration and the 20th anniversary summer concert series, the NCMA presents a free concert by Angélique Kidjo, hailed by Time magazine as “Africa’s premier diva.” Kidjo blends the West African traditions of her childhood in Benin with elements of American R&B, funk, and jazz, as well as influences from Europe and Latin America. A three-time Grammy winner, Kidjo is admired throughout the world.
Opening for Angélique Kidjo is Diali Cissokho, a griot born to a family of professional musicians in Senegal, who currently makes his home in North Carolina. Cissokho is a master of the kora, a traditional West African instrument with strings and a skin-and-gourd resonator. Cissokho and his band Kaira Ba have created an electrifying style of West African dance music that has attracted a fervent following.
Can’t wait for the show? Join the Angélique Kidjo concert text group, where we’ll provide real-time weather and traffic-related info on the day of the show. To join, text NCMAKIDJO to 72727. We promise not to send annoying frequent texts, just useful messages and updates. Standard text and data rates apply, and you can stop at any time.
Shuttle and Parking
Take the shuttle! Starting at noon, a shuttle service will be available for off-campus parking, which we encourage you to take advantage of. To park and take the shuttle, go to the PNC Arena parking lots 1000 and 2000 accessible from Westchase Road from Blue Ridge Road. You’ll see Museum staff to help you park and board the shuttle. The shuttle will drop you off right at the celebration at the Museum Plaza in front of East Building. This is where you’ll reboard the shuttle any time during the celebration to return to your car. Museum staff will also be on hand here to help you. The last shuttle will leave the Museum at 10:45 pm.
Additional parking information: We anticipate a big crowd, so give yourself additional time to park and walk to the celebration. Security staff will direct you to the best available parking lot upon your arrival. Once all parking spaces on the NCMA campus are filled, security staff will allow only cars with handicap parking and taxi/ride-share drop-offs. If the entrance is closed when you arrive, please use the shuttle lot. Please allow time to exit the grounds, and be mindful of pedestrians. Make note, there are three exits available at District Drive, Reedy Creek Road, and the right-turn-only onto Blue Ridge Road.
Food (5:30–8:30 PM)
Thai Box Zing
Mac Ur Roni
Jam Ice Cream
Generous support for the Threads of Africa celebration and concert is provided by Lee and Libby Buck.
This event has been developed in partnership with The North Carolina African American Heritage Commission.