In Conversation: Kiki Katese & the Women Drummers of Rwanda

Sep 21
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia

Join Rwandan artist and activist Kiki Katese and the Women Drummers of Rwanda for a conversation on the resilience of the human spirit.

Thursday, Sept. 21, 7:00-8:00 PM
Black History Museum & Cultural Center of VA (122 W. Leigh St.)
Free with registration 

Hear about the story behind The Book of Life, a new theatrical work created by Odile Gakire "Kiki" Katese that weaves personal letters written by survivors and perpetrators of Rwanda's genocide with joyous live drumming to share a deeply moving perspective on life, loss, and recovery. The discussion will feature a demonstration by Ingoma Nshya, the Women Drummers of Rwanda, which means in Kinyarwanda "New Drum" or "New Power." Through song and drumming, the women communicate messages about hope and female empowerment.

Arrive early and stay afterward to enjoy a reception and cash bar with an opportunity to explore BHMVA’s current exhibition The Art of Freedom II.

The artists will perform The Book of Life at Modlin Center on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 7:30 pm. More info & tickets:

Presented in partnership with the Modlin Center for the Arts, the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, and Events on Leigh.