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POSTPONED: Museum Benefit: Year-end Celebration featuring live music by Blitz the Ambassador

December 5, 2012
6:30 pm

Live concert | Silent auction | DJ | Open bar | Hors d'oeuvres & dessert

Venue: MIST Harlem, in the Kalahari building at 40 West 116th St. between Malcolm X Blvd. and Fifth Avenue

Join the Museum for African Art at MIST Harlem to celebrate the past year with an evening of music and dancing featuring a live performance by Ghanaian-born, Brooklyn-based hip-hop artist Blitz the Ambassador. Enjoy great music, festive food and drinks, and the opportunity to bid on affordable art, tickets to Africa, and other unique items in our silent auction. Proceeds from this event support another year of exciting programs and exhibitions at the Museum for African Art!


Purchase your tickets online:

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Ticket purchases are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. Your support helps the Museum achieve its mission of increasing public understanding and appreciation of African art and culture.

About Blitz the Ambassador:

"Sounds like the future of African music" - Rolling Stone

A blindingly bright clarity drives Blitz the Ambassador. With a spot-on sense of flow, he name-checks Basquiat and Lumumba, evokes lovelorn sighs on Accra Buses, emigre alienation, history's shadows. All set to swirls of brass, distorted guitars, and the crackle and pop of old amplifiers. With a lightning-fast mind, the political boldness of Chuck D, and the sixth groove sense of Fela Kuti, the Ghanaian-born, New York-based MC, composer, and producer unleashes psychedelic Afrobeat colors and triple-time rhymes on his newest album, Native Sun (Embassy MVMT; May 3, 2011). The artist's unique sound was sparked in Accra yet forged in the African diaspora.

Visit the artist's website for more music, videos, and information about Blitz the Ambassador.

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