Smart Bets: Pan African Music Extravaganza

The next installment in the Asheville-based nonprofit Zamani Refuge African Culture Center’s Concerts for Human Harmony series takes place Sunday, Aug. 5, at The Mothlight. Titled the Pan African Music Extravaganza, the show is a celebration of African diaspora music and spotlights numerous evolutions of harmonious sounds that have their roots on the continent. Among the featured artists are singers Sol Esperanza Roja, Melody and Jonathan Santos, kalimba player Kevin Spears, rapper SIYAH, Brazilian music specialist Miles Boone, Afro-Cuban drummer Kayin Burney, spoken-word artist B-Love, and improvised soul, funk and world music from Cosmic Intuition, whose ranks include saxophonist Bilal Sunni-Ali of Gil Scott-Heron’s Midnight Band. The show starts at 7 p.m. $10 advance/$12 day of show. themothlight.com. Photos of Santos, left, and Spears, courtesy of the musicians

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Edwin Arnaudin is a staff writer for Mountain Xpress. He also reviews films for ashevillemovies.com and is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) and North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA). Follow me @EdwinArnaudin

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