‘Diaspora Calling’ Festival Promotes African Art All Around the Globe

A series of music events promoting African art is coming to North America, Asia and Europe

September 20th, 2016
Marta Chadalska, CD News

After the success of her festival in Brooklyn in April this year, Lauren Hill is bringing the sounds of Africa and the Carribean to an even wider audience. The ‘MLH Caravan: A Diaspora Calling!’ concert series will be made up of concerts by various artists coming from the African diaspora.

Artists such as Machel Montano, Kehlani, Talib Kweli, Little Simz, Noname and the legendary Nas will come to the stage alongside Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, who will feature in the last shows in the US. EL and Jojo Abot will also be present at select shows.

The idea behind the initiative cannot be reduced to just musical events; rather it wants to bring together different elements of African cultures and spread them to a large audience. Lauren Hill says that “the MLH Caravan allows me to continue the theme of unity and celebration of the many facets of cultural and artistic beauty throughout the African diaspora while on tour this summer and fall”.

“In these days of tension, tumult and transition, an exchange of this kind can yield direction, expression, understanding and empowerment as well as connection, self-love and appreciation that hopefully overflows into our respective communities”.

The ‘MLH Caravan: A Diaspora Calling!’ started on 27th August and will last until 18th December. Almost 40 shows will take place on three continents. The tour will mainly focus on the US, but will also come to Canada, France and Japan. Dates and detailed line-ups are announced on the official website:


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