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*Lauryn Hill has launched a three-day series of music and art events in Brooklyn designed to celebrate the African Diaspora.

Diaspora Calling, Hill says, is a collection of works “intended to celebrate the rich tapestry of artists from the African Diaspora while also illumining persistent and irrepressible themes… Even if we work independently, we are a resounding collective voice, both reconciling and embracing our relationship to history, our origins, our future and to ourselves.”

The former Fugees singer inaugurated Diaspora Calling overnight via a private art gallery at Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre, which is open to the public today and Friday from 12 – 4 p.m.

Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill

Hill served as DJ for the opener and curated the gallery with the assistance of MoCADA, Nader Haitian Art, and The Haiti Cultural Exchange.

Her sold out headline concert at the venue on Friday (April 15) will serve as the inaugural Diaspora Calling! Music Festival, featuring performances from Machel Montano (Trinidad), Stephen ‘Ragga’ Marley (Jamaica), Stonebwoy (Ghana), Mr. Eazi (Nigeria), EL (Ghana), Wondaboy (Nigeria), JoJo Abot (Ghana) and Paul Bearbrun (Haiti).

Friday’s concert will also be live-streamed pre-paywall at Tidal.