Contributions of African Youths to the World of Arts
When: Friday, April 12, 2013
Time: 12:00 Eastern Standard Time
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Host : Kouassi Nina and Constance Walyaro
Miriam Lulu Chemmoss — Artist, Model, Singer, Actress, www.miriamchemmoss.com, www.youtube.com/user/miriamchemmossful/videos - USA
Stephen Kapere — CEO, Y Media Promotions; Founder & President, Youth for Charity Missions International — Uganda
Michelangelo’s Pieta is as alive today as it was 513 years ago. Every crease, every cord, every vein, every sinew in the figures were molded with such precision that it appears as if Mary’s blood still courses hotly there while facing her beloved, Jesus. Pieta, David and the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel are just a few of the masterpieces that Michelangelo contributed to the world of the Arts.
There have been many celebrated artists and artworks before and since Michelangelo including: Mr. Eiffel’s La Tour, Mozart’s Don Giovanni,Rembrandt’s Night Watch,Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, The Great Pyramid of Giza, The Great Wall of China, Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, Wang Ximeng’sA Thousand Li of Mountains and Rivers, Handel’s Messiah, Andy Warhol’s pop art, Miriam Makeba’s Pata Pata, Henri Matisse’s Woman with a Hat, Pablo Picasso’s Weeping Woman, Salvador Dali’s Persistence of Memory, Arabic Calligraphy form the Ottoman Empire, the Palaeolithic cave paintings of Lascaux, the colourful pottery of the Inca and Maya civilizations, the monolithic human figures carved by the Rapa Nui people from rock on the Chilean Polynesian Easter Island, the images of Mohammed Amin, the performances of Charlize Theron; the great voices of Luciano Pavarotti, Whitney Houston, the Beatles, Fela Kuti, Franco, Manu Dibango, Angelique Kidjo, Youssou Ndour, Oliver Mtuzukidsi, Cesaria Evora, Oum Kalthoum and many many more.
Art has been characterized in terms of mimesis, expression and communication of emotion, or other values. It’s defined as a diversity of human activities and the products of those activities which include the creation of sounds, images or objects in numerous spheres including painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, architecture, literature, music, dance, theatre, filmmaking, and other visual media.
For many centuries Africa’s ancestors have contributed immensely to the Arts through cultures as old as the continent itself. It is now said that, for art to take on depth, strength, universal appeal and the formidable manipulation of simplicity, the artist must suffer, must know anguish and a despair that unleashes their true artistic prowess. In this discussion we will look at the many journeys and contemporary contributions of young African artists to this great world of the Arts.