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Diaspora Showcase Africa Event Celebrates Fashion and Music

Aug 31, 2015 10:56PM

The 12th annual Diaspora Showcase Africa presents the culture and traditions of Africa through fashion, music, dance and cuisine, held at 6 p.m., September 26, at Sabbar Shriner, in Tucson. Attendees will view the culture and tradition of Africa in an entertainment setting, with the participation of a diverse group of Tucsonans.

The event celebrates African fashion on the Tucson runway, with the collections of Faroque Abdela (Tanzania), Wawi Amasha (Kenya), Kike Adeeko (Nigeria), Pela (Trinidad & Tobago) and Van Else (Suriname).

The 2015 production takes the audience on a journey of sight and sound, showcasing African inspired fashion in contemporary and traditional styles, amidst the backdrop of Jazz medleys performed by Musical Magic Quartet, with Doc Jones on Keyboard and Kelly Campbell on Sax. The evening, which includes dinner, opens with the Egyptian percussionist, Gamal Gomaa and the legendary belly dancer, Helena Vlahos. Rockers Uptown and the Jamaican star vocalist “Luckie D”, known for his reggae rendition of the popular pop song “Thinking Out Loud”, conclude the showcase in concert-style.

Tickets are available at Zemam’s Too!, located at 119 East Speedway, and Al’s, located at 861 East Grant Road.

Cost: $49 in advance; $29 for students; $39 for seniors; $55 at the door. Location: 450 S. Tucson Blvd., Tucson. For more information, call 520-777-3455, email [email protected] or visit See ad, page 14.

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