On April 8, The Basilica of Saint Mary and Minneapolis Community & Technical College will present Spirit & Soul, Linking Present and Past. This evening of dance, song, and poetry will bring to you performance styles of several local immigrant communities. The songs, dances, and traditions of their old homes continue to bind together diasporic communities, link the immigrants to their nations of origin, and now also serve to represent the cultural group in diverse and cosmopolitan settings like Minneapolis.
This event will feature:
• Native American drummers and dancers
• Saana, Finnish ensemble
• Titambe, West African drumming and dance ensemble
• Kirk Washington Jr., poetry
• Nirmala Rajasekar, renowned veena player, vocalist and composer of Carnatic music
• Kalpulli Ketzal Coatlicue, Aztec dance
• SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE (aka Adam Napoli-Rangel) is an award-winning hip-hopper, MC, poet, producer, engineer and educator.
• Scholarship and stories about the waves of immigrants to Minneapolis and the impact they’ve had and continue to have on our community.
• Visual art created by MCTC students that reflects this year’s theme of the impact of waves of immigration on the individuals and the community.
Neighbors for over 100 years The Basilica and MCTC often collaborate on events and programs that bring members of their communities together and connect them with the broader community. This event seeks to reflect and celebrate the richness and diversity of cultures present in our local community.