Saturday, March 16th – African (Ghanaian) Delights

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Delightful Cuisine – Africana Restaurant
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm – Delightful Music – Osekre & The Lucky Bastards
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm – Delightful Cinema – “No Time to Die”

Delightful Music: Osekre & The Lucky Bastards – Ghanaian musician/entrepreneur and jack-of-all-trades Ishmael Osekre may be as he says, “just a boy from Kokomlemle,” but he’s been making cool stuff happen in the states for years. Arriving in NYC for undergraduate school at Columbia with only $30 in his pocket Ishmael ran up against the harsh realities of financing a US education and had to fund raise his way through college. He started a band, Osekre & The Lucky Bastards, toured with them briefly, curated loft parties and basement shows, and hosted breakout sessions during the height of the 285 Kent, McKibbin Lofts and Cameo Gallery era, got accepted to the Harvard innovation lab, curated festivals, started platforms to engage in conversations around community, food and culture, including the hugely popular Jollof and Pepper Soup Festivals up and down the East coast.

Delightful Cinema: No Time to Die – Asante, a hearse driver in Ghana, wants a wife, but his profession puts most women off. He falls in love with a client after her mother dies and becomes the first hearse driver in Accra to get married.

Delightful Festival events have a capacity of ninety-nine participants. Reservations for Delightful Festival events are not required, but recommended. Among other things, reservations help us order the right amount of food. Reserve one of ninety-nine spots by clicking here.

Saturday, April 13th – African (Nigerian) Delights

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Delightful Cuisine – Africana Restaurant
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm – Delightful Music – Lorens Chuno
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm – Delightful Cinema – “Green White Green”

Delightful Music: Lorens Chuno – Audiences have praised Lorens Chuno’s performance as energy-filled, captivating and elegant. The New York-based Nigerian musician has created a unique sound that has a broad appeal. His warm and dynamic vocal styling is the perfect vehicle for his catchy and bold modern jazz compositions that are always complete with soul and West African influences. According to jazz magazine, All About Jazz, “Chuno’s forté is his remarkable vocal qualities, enhanced by his ability to establish and maintain a sense of groove.”

Delightful Cinema: Green White Green (GWG) explores social and political views common in Nigeria through a humorous lens. The 3 major characters are incidentally from the 3 major ethnics groups. This formula automatically creates room to play around with various ethnic and cultural stereotypes. It’s also a story about classism, how certain people from certain economic brackets think and behave. GWG also illustrates just how similar we are in our diversity and prejudices. It’s a film made by youth and created for youth and explores some interesting social themes. The film was shot on location in Lagos, Nigeria.

Delightful Festival events have a capacity of ninety-nine participants. Reservations for Delightful Festival events are not required, but recommended. Among other things, reservations help us order the right amount of food. Reserve one of ninety-nine spots by clicking here.