Lucy of Africa (s): Fashion Show and Performance by ALPHADI and Tongo MBIA: an African baroque fresco delving into the history of humanity from Africa’s perspective
Rabat, Capital of African Culture, brings to life the Lucy of Africa Fashion Show and Performance for the first time, celebrating African haute couture with ALPHADI and Master Tongo MBIA on May 23, 2023, at the Allal Fassi Hall.
Rabat, Capital of African Culture, is preparing to embark on a unique cultural experience with “Lucy of Africa Fashion Show and Performance by ALPHADI and Tongo MBIA.” This truly African baroque fresco, created by Master Tongo MBIA, promises to captivate audiences with its narrative that encompasses the past, present, and future, immersing them in the history of humanity from Africa’s perspective. Inspired by this same history, ALPHADI will illuminate the evening of May 23 with his creations, tracing the continent’s history through the major art form of our time: haute couture. A hundred models from the five African regions, as well as from the diaspora representing the sixth region, will grace the stage at the Allal Fassi Hall. ALPHADI will pay tribute to the heritage of African cities with which he has strong cultural ties and from which he has drawn inspiration for the past 40 years.
The event expects the presence of over 100 African mayors participating in the Mayors Forum organized by United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) on May 23 and 24 as part of Rabat, Capital of African Culture.
The fresco is divided into three parts, each with its own ambiance, rhythm, and significance. The first part, titled “Le Serment des Jeunes,” begins with the dawn of time and tells the story of Lucy, the grandmother of humanity, who lived over 3 million years ago. The second part, “Le Temps de Lucy,” narrates the story of Lucy and her family, and how they contributed to shaping Africa as we know it today. The third part, “Le Temps de la Renaissance,” marks the beginning of a new era for Africa, with a diaspora that has paved the way for a stronger and more resilient Africa than ever before.
In addition to the performance and fashion show, the evening also includes a musical performance featuring Moroccan singer Fatimezzahra Laaroussi and Ivorian singer Meiway. Hosted by Samira Ibrahim, a Franco-Moroccan journalist from France Télévision, this evening promises to be an unforgettable event for enthusiasts of African art and culture, and a celebration of the continent’s cultural heritage.
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