“Africa Underground” returns with an evening of eclectic delights at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art on Friday, Feb. 22, from 7 to 11 p.m. Coming on the heels of a successful last installment of “Africa Underground” in June 2012, this event also offers patrons the chance to enjoy refreshments, dance and the museum exhibitions, as well as performances from around the continent.
The event will include music by DJ Adrian Loving, who will spin African beats from each region of the continent deep from “Africa Underground” and live music from Eme and Heteru. On air personality DJ Cortney Hicks, of MAJIC 102.3FM will emcee the evening. “We look forward to ‘Africa Underground,’ an exciting way to celebrate the ties between Africa, the African diaspora and the world,” said Johnnetta Betsch Cole, director of the museum. “My hope is that guests will once again leave with a deeper sense of the diverse and dynamic visual arts of Africa.”
“Africa Underground” is held twice a year. Each event is themed and features works of art, cuisine from the African diaspora from area restaurants, specialty cocktails, creative art activities, live performances and music entertainment from emerging DJs or music groups.
Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance online. Entry includes one free drink with ticket purchase. Participants must be 21 to be admitted (IDs will be checked at the door).
The museum is located at 950 Independence Avenue S.W., near the Smithsonian Metrorail station on the Blue and Orange lines. For more information, call (202) 633-4600 or visit the National Museum of African Art’s website at africa.si.edu.