L’USAfonia 2024

The Soul of Black History Month

U.S. Embassy, Lisbon City Council and Teatro São Luiz/EGEAC celebrate Black History Month with a free concert

February 27th – 19h – Teatro São Luiz, Lisbon

On February 27, the US Embassy, Lisbon City Council and Teatro São Luiz/EGEAC invite the public to the concert “L’USAfonia – The Soul of Black History Month”.

Curated by João Leandro, Ricardo José Lopes and Selma Uamusse, this is the second edition of the event, in which renowned Afro-descendant Lusophone musicians such as  Alex d’Alva Teixeira, Amaura, Anastácia Carvalho, Djodje Almeida, Gabe, Gospel Collective, Héber Marques, Karyna Gomes, Matay, Mirza Lauchand, Nayr Faquirá, NBC, Orlanda Guilande, Raissa, Selma UamusseSoraia Morais, and Vicente Augusto, perform some of the most famous songs originating in the African-American communities of the 60s and 70s.

This program is part of the U.S. State Department’s Global Music Diplomacy Initiative, which uses the power of music to build connections, peace and mutual understanding between all people, in connection with the celebration of Black History Month. American jazz legend Laurin Talese will perform on behalf of the Arts Envoy and Global Music Diplomacy Initiative programs.

In the words of Ambassador Randi Charno Levine, “February is dedicated to the annual commemoration of the achievements of African Americans and a time to recognize their central role in U.S. history. African-American music has always been a means to address difficult truths. The U.S. Embassy and I are delighted that these talented Portuguese-speaking musicians want to celebrate Black History Month with us.”

The Mayor of Lisbon, Carlos Moedas, underlines that “it is with great satisfaction that the Lisbon City Council joins this very significant celebration that honors the African-American generations, giving visibility and importance to their achievements throughout US history. We too feel great pride in the various communities of African descent that contribute so much to the strength of Lusophone culture. It is therefore an honor for Lisbon, with this initiative, to be able to strengthen the intercultural bridges between Portugal and the USA, and to remember our strong relations of friendship.”

Free tickets will be available to the public on the 27th, starting at 3pm, and can be picked up at the Teatro São Luiz box office (limit two tickets per person). Doors open at 18:30.

The event will also have exclusive online transmission by BANTUMEN, through their Facebook, Youtube, Twitch and Instagram.