Programme Part 1: 24 April – 20 June 2015

URUGUAY (24 – 30 April)


Photo: «Ballombrosio El Carmen». Martin Alvarado (Peru)

Afro Descendants in Latin America represent between 20 % and 30% of the population of Latin America, are experiencing poverty and social exclusion, and they continue to be subjected to serious discrimination of many kinds.

In spite of existing national legal frameworks and the establishment of institutions to ensure the exercise of their rights, legal practice continues to be without effect, and this reveals that there still remains much to be done to achieve equality and justice in this continent. This applies in particular to the need to promote political and cultural recognition and achieve key values. Their needs, lifestyle and living conditions are still characterized by major deficiencies, thus augmenting their cultural invisibility and socioeconomic exclusion. This creates even greater inequality, social segmentation and deprivation of citizens’ rights.

Friday 24 April

Official opening
19:00. Opening speech by Beatriz Santos, poet, activist and current director of the Unit for the Rights of Afrodescendents at Intendencia de Montevideo (Uruguay).
19:15. Opening of the photography exhibition “Africans in Latin America”

Free admission

21:00. Uruguayan candombe music* concert featuring master percussionist Fernando «Lobo» Núñez and sons Fernando Damián and Hector Noé Núñez.

Entrance fee: NOK 120,-

*)Candombe is a music and dance style, originating from the Southern and Western regions (Bantú regions which include Congo, Angola and Mozambique), brought to Uruguay and Argentina through the slave trade beginning in 1750. In the streets of Montevideo, Uruguay, Afro-Uruguayans celebrate an often-ignored part of their history – Candombe and resistance. For more than 200 years Afro descendants have maintained the tradition of Candombe. The music carries centuries of resistance and liberation.

Candombe is considered an important aspect of the culture of Uruguay and was recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage of humanity.

Saturday 25 April


21:00. «Rhythmic Summit Meeting»: concert gathering with master drummers from Uruguay («Lobo» Núñez, Fernando Núñez and Noé Núñez), Mali (Maré Sanogo), Ivory Coast (Diom de Kossa) and Cuba (Félix Navarro).

  • Diom de Kossa has been a central figure in the Norwegian world music scene since the 1980s. His father was master of ceremony and his family had a long tradition in music and dance. Kossa has worked as master drummer in The Ivory Coast’s music and dance ensemble for many years before he established in Norway.
  • Maré Sanogo is a prominent name in West African folk music. He follows an ancient drum tradition in Mali. Maré started as soloist in his country’s national music and dance ensemble at the age of thirteen. He moved to Paris in 1987, where he has lived ever since. Maré has traveled worldwide with famous African, European and American musicians such as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Hank Jones and Cheick Tidiane Seck, just to name a few.
  • Fernando «Lobo» Núñez is a Uruguayan candombe master percussionist, drum-maker, teacher and maestro of candombe. Born into a family of musicians, his workshop “El Power” is a historical and widely renowned place. His drums have traveled around the world, and he has been engaged in teaching and disseminating candombe music.
  • Félix Navarro is the former leader of the music and rhythm section at the Ballet Folclórico Cutumba, one of Cuba’s leading music and dance ensembles. Navarro also worked as a music teacher at the University in Santiago de Cuba.

Entrance fee: NOK 120,-

Thursday 30 AprilEster Arrascaeta

19:00. «Afro Women Contributions to Literature», chat and poetry reading with Beatriz Santos, poet, activist and current director of the Unit for the Rights of Afrodescendents at Intendencia de Montevideo.

Free Admission


Photo: © Alex Espinosa (Uruguay)

ARGENTINA (07 – 09 May)

FIlm Kultur

Thursday 7 May

19:00. Film screening and chat with film director Alberto Masliah, author of several films on African descended people in Argentina.

»The Last Quilombo» (2012). A documentary exploring the traces of perhaps the last African descended community in Argentina, its history, its roots, and its uncertain future. The term «quilombo» has an ambiguous meaning in Latin America. It can describe social chaos, political unrest, and designate as well African slaves that escaped, having to extricate themselves from the inhumane treatment they were forced under by their owners. Film director Alberto Masliah invites us to a new journey on the road through the recovery of Argentina’s black population. He will be present in the event to hold a chat with the audience both before and after the screening.

Free Admission

21:00. Argentinian candombe band. Music and dance performance featuring: Oscar Vega (percussion), Carmen Yannone (voice, dance), Jorge Leandro Jimeno (percussion) and Mariano Fernández (piano).

Entrance Fee: Nok 120,-

Friday 8 May

FIlm Kultur


«Black Che: The First Disappeared» (Dir. Alberto Masliah, 2006). Is there a black community of Afro–Descendents in Argentina? Most people in Argentina would say no, and most foreigners with a deep knowledge of the country would certainly agree on that–but they would be wrong. Today, Afro–Descendents struggle to survive and fight against isolation, assimilation, discrimination and oblivion while resisting a «whitening process» that for centuries has encouraged them to move towards a European society. Taking pride in their culture and ancestry, they give testimony, shedding light on an old myth of their so–called disappearance promoted by the state and the great majority of Argentina’s population.

Free Admission

21:00. Argentinian candombe band. Music and dance performance featuring: Oscar Vega (percussion), Carmen Yannone (voice, dance), Jorge Leandro Jimeno (percussion) and Mariano Fernández (piano).

Entrance Fee: Nok 120,-

Saturday 09 May


21:00. Closing event and concert with Argentinian candombe band.

Entrance fee: NOK 120,-

(21 – 22 May) AFRICA DAYS

Thursday 21 May

OBS! Vi beklager å måtte meddele at det åpenthus-arrangementet er dessverre avlyst!


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21:00. SOUL MUSIC Concert – Featuring African-American and  Club 7  Norway-based soul singer «Little» Earl Wilson and Geir Wentzel´s 13-piece soul band.

Entrance fee: NOK 200,-

PERU (3 – 4 June)

Wednesday 3 JuneLuis Rocca

19:00. «Afro – Descent and Memory (Drums , Resistance, and Spirituality in the African Diaspora». A conference led by sociologist and Human Rights activist Dr Luis Rocca (Peru). Dr Rocca is director of the Afro-Peruvian museum in the town of Zaña in northern Peru. A campaign is now underway, nationally and internationally, to get the city of Zaña placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as a Site of Memory of Slavery.

Free admission

Thursday 4 June (Day of Afro-Peruvian Culture)

Foto: Martin Alvarado

19:00. On the occasion of the Day of Afro-Peruvian Culture: A chat about Afro-Peruvian poetry and performance with Monica Carrillo (Peru). Ms Carrillo has worked for social justice and human rights for Afro-Peruvians, and has extensive work behind her in the areas of sexuality, gender and the African diaspora in the Americas. She is the founder of the organization LUNDU (Center for Afro-Peruvian Studies and Empowerment). Carrillo and the American writer Toni Morrison’s literary works are also curriculum in the Erasmus program at universities across Europe. During her visit to CAK Monica will read a selection of her own poetry accompanied by music by Kossa Diomande on congas and jazz bassist Kåre Garnes.

Free admission

MEXICO (10 – 11 June)

Wednesday 10 June


19:00. «Three music traditions with African roots in Mexico», lecture with Carlos Ruiz Rodríguez, ethnomusicologist and researcher at INAH (Mexico).

The Atlantic routes of the slave trade in the 16th and 17th centuries helped provide an important African cultural heritage to the configuration of Mexican culture. The conference aims to identify elements of African descent in three musical traditions of the Mexican area of Costa Chica, where little is still known on the heritage from the African continent: “fandango de artesa”, “baile de tarimba” and “juego de diablos”.

Free admission

 Thursday 11 June


19:00. «Afrodescendents in Mexico: past and present», lecture with María Elisa Velázquez, anthropologist, sociologist, researcher at INAH (Mexico) and president of the Scientific Committee of UNESCO’s The Slave Route project. Author of the book Afrodescendientes en México: una historia de silencio y discriminación («Afrodescendents in Mexico: a history of silence and discrimination»)

Free admission

CorreoDelOrinoco(VE)JesusChuchoGarciaChat with Jesús «Chucho» García POSTPONED

For reasons beyond our control, the chat with Jesús «Chucho» García is unfortunately postponed until a later date, which will be announced as soon as we are able.

Nevertheless, you are all welcome to the screening of the film «Azú» (Venezuela, 2013, dir.: Luis Alberto Lamata) on Friday, June 19, 19:00h.

Friday 19 June


19:00. Screening of the film «Azú» (2013, dir. Luis Alberto Lamata)

Set in 1780, an African woman is captured and forced into slavery. After making the middle passage she is made to suffer the humiliation of an auction block and purchase by slave traders. When she is brought to his plantation, a sugarcane farmer becomes obsessed with her despite his wife and beautiful concubine. Little does he know the woman has an ancestral destiny that will eventually disrupt the order of the plantation. Action, mysticism and identity come together in this story wrapped in magic and the struggle for freedom.

Free admission

Saturday 20 June

Closing day.


CAK har vært en partner i den norske, nasjonale kommisjonen av UNESCOs aktiviteter knyttet til The Slave Route-Prosjektet siden 2001 og er en av de tre norske institusjoner tilknyttet UNESCOs Slave Route-Prosjekt.

Photography Exhibition & School Programs

In addition to the events and shows, the project includes a collective  exhibition with photographs and poems by prominent authors from the selected regions. Read more about the exhibition here!

The exhibition is open Monday-Friday 11 to 17h and Saturday 12 to 17h until June the 20th.