As reported by Comunidade Cultura e Arte, U.S. Embassy Lisbon hosted a public concert at Teatro da Trindade – one of Lisbon’s most beloved performance venues – aimed to showcase music rooted in the African American experience. Under the concert name “L’USA-Fonia”, recognized Lusophone musicians performed American gospel, jazz, and hip hop hits and brought in an audience of American music lovers from across Portuguese society.
These prominent musicians embracing beloved American music conveyed a message of cultural unity and shared history that reinforces the value of truth-telling through music.
In President Biden’s words, “Black History Month is more than a celebration. It’s a powerful reminder that Black history is American history. Black culture is American culture. Black stories are essentially an ongoing story of America.”
Revisit the best shots of the concert in this album.
For the L’USA-Fonia setlist, scan this QR code:
And listen to the playlist on our Spotify!
Following the concert, on the 22nd of February, in continuation of support of the U.S. Department of State’s efforts to raise awareness and build upon conversations about diversity, cultural heritage, and national identity, Ambassador Levine hosted a reception to mark Black History Month at Casa Carlucci, the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Lisbon. Together, we celebrated Black History Month and there was even a gospel musical event by Gospel Collective, which was a surprise for guests!
As we continue to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to inclusiveness and to encourage Portugal’s inclusiveness efforts, see a recap from the reception in this photo album.
Additionally, learn more about our efforts of inclusiveness and integration in this interview to Ambassador Randi Charno Levine done by Diário de Notícias.