Movie, live music to celebrate democracy in Africa Oct. 8

Gettysburg, Pa - A film and live musical performance will highlight politics, democracy and hip-hop music in West Africa Oct. 8.

"African Underground: Democracy in Dakar," an award-winning documentary about the role of hip-hop and importance of the youth vote in Senegal's 2007 presidential election, will be shown at 4:30 p.m. in Majestic Theatre's Cinema One. A discussion panel featuring African lyricists, journalists and other hip-hop experts will follow. A live hip-hop performance will take place at 8 p.m. in Gettysburg College's Attic located off Constitution Avenue in the northwest corner of campus. Events are free and open to the public. Tickets for the film are available at 717-337-8200.

The panel discussion will feature Senegalese rapper Baay Moussa, Ghanian rapper Blitz the Ambassador and filmmaker Ben Harson. The three-hour live performance will feature the African Underground All-Stars, a seven-member hip-hop band featuring lyricists Blitz, Moussa and Azbac backed by DJ Boo and a live band.

The events are sponsored by Gettysburg College's Africana Studies and Film Studies programs, Departments of Political Science, Globalization Studies, French, Sociology and Anthropology, College Diversity Commission, College Life, President's Office, Center for Public Service and the Central Pennsylvania Consortium.

Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with approximately 2,600 students. It is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. The college was founded in 1832.

By: Lawrese Brown, class of 2010

Posted: Fri, 3 Oct 2008

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