Here’s what went down at Nataal’s party in association with Harlem’s The Africa Center


Last week Nataal partnered with The Africa Center for a special art week party. The event previewed issue two of Nataal magazine and also helped to celebrate the arrival of this newly-opened Museum Mile institution, which for the event had two artists’ work on show, Hank Willis Thomas’ public sculpture, All Power To All People, and Victor Ekpuk’s hand inked, site specific installation, Harlem Sunrise.

New York’s finest turned out to enjoy a visual presentation of some of the photographic stories featured in Nataal’s next edition. We also took over The Africa Center’s Shared Studios portal for the night, turning the interactive shipping container into a mini movie theatre where we curated short films by artists we admire including Akinola Davies Jr, Adriaan Louw, Daniel Obasi, Emmanuel Afolabi, Iggy LDN, Lebohang Kganye and Meriem Bennani.

Live performances came from Roc Nation’s Young Paris, who took to the stage with his two formidable dancers to preview tracks from the rapper’s forthcoming album, Blood Diamond, and the stunning singer Owo, who introduced the dancing crowd to her unique blend of afrobeats, electro and R&B. Meanwhile on the decks, DJ AQ and Uproot Andy went back to back to keep it spicy all night long with a mix of everything from afro house to tropical bass.


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Photography Annie Forrest
Words Helen Jennings

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Published on 07/05/2019