First Fridays! AFRICANISMO #11
Friday, September 1, 2017, 6:00pm-10:00pm

Dance to special performances by DJ Eli Efi and Davi Vieira featuring Cissa Paz. Then wind down the evening with an outdoor screening of Martha & Niki, a documentary about two young Swedish women of African descent who became the first female champions of the Juste Debout in Paris, the largest Hip Hop street dance competition in the world.


Produced in collaboration with the New York African Film Festival and Asho Productions.


6:00pm Music by DJ Eli Efi
7:00pm Performance by Davi Vieira featuring Cissa Paz.
8:00pm Screening of Martha & Niki


Location: Joyce Kilmer Park

Martha & Niki, Photo credit: Mei li Wu
About the Performers 

Eli Efi is a hip hop artist, born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil. In 1988, he found the politically charged rap group DMN. DMN recorded their first single for the “Consciencia Black” compilation in 1991. In 2004, he left DMN and now continues his musical career alongside DJ Laylo, blending banging beats with sharp lyrics, Eli Efi & Laylo bring forth the best of Brazilian Hip Hop. They have performed throughout the United States, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, and Chile and have shared the stage with all the biggest names in international hip hop as well as U.S. based artists such as Chuck D do Public Enemy, KRS One, CL Smooth, Les Nubians, Styles P, Dead Prez, Talib Kweli, Jean Grae, Jeru da Damaja, Immortal Technique, Ras Kass, Lord Finesse, Hurricane G, David Banner, among many others. Currently, Eli is working on his first solo album which will be released Fall of 2017.


Davi Vieira was born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, studied percussion, capoeira and dance. As a percussionist and vocalist Vieira has contributed to recordings, shared the stage and toured live with artists Sergio Mendes, Gilberto Gil, Angelique Kidjo, Carlos Santana, Carlinhos Brown, Siedah Garrett (Michael Jackson's vocalist) Forro in the Dark, Muzenza and many more. Vieira was co-founder of Brazil's Hip Hop group MD MCs. Vieira's music is a modern exploration of the sound of Bahia, Brazil -a type of brazilian music and culture that is unique to Salvador and has universally distinct African Rooted traditions. His latest release, Ghetto Linha 8 expounds rhythms that are native to the Brazilian Northern state of Bahia -while his vocal performances are a modern interpretation of Brazilian song styling via the prism that is New York City.


Cissa Paz is a Brazilian singer-songwriter. She creates and rearranges songs that are melded with the rich traditions of Afro-Brazilian and Luso-African concepts. Paz’s passion for music started with dance, she studied ballet, jazz, modern dance and the urban styles of samba and salsa, leading her to perform and teach later on. Paz’s sound was initially influenced by samba, afoxé, forro, maracatu and the popular music of Brazil. After moving to the U.S., she fell in love with RnB, Soul and Hip Hop and over the years her travels exposed her to the world’s music landscape. She currently lives in D.C.

About the Film 

Tora Mårtens, Sweden, 2016, 93min.

In 2010, Swedish friends Martha Nabwire and Niki Tsappos were the first-ever female hip-hop dance duo to beat all of their opponents—men included—at the most important international street-dance competition, Paris’s Juste Debout. Armed with boundless energy and huge amounts of talent, they annihilated the opposition. But what happens when they don’t come out on top? After one such disappointment, the first cracks began to appear in their friendship, and in spite of their shared passions, the girls’ different backgrounds and personalities come into conflict. This documentary not only captures two successful dancers in action, but also two young adults grappling with very different life questions. Where are your roots, and what elements of your culture do you bring along from your homeland? How do you keep your heritage alive, and how can you deal with all of these things within such a dynamic friendship?

Tora Mkandawire Mårtens was born in Stockholm, but is now based in South Africa, working as a director and a producer. Mårtens directed and produced the short film Tommy in Cuba, which was competing for a Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 2008. Her first feature documentary, Colombianos, has been awarded and shown at film festivals around the world. Her new feature documentary, Martha & Niki, was the opening film at Nordic Panorama, and had its international premiere at IDFA 2015. The film received a special mention award for best Nordic documentary in 2015.




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