Common Culture 2016

Common Culture 2016

Common Culture: Across the Water celebrated intersections of island culture and living legends in Los Angeles at the historic Ford Theatres in Hollywood.

We gathered some of the best music and dance that Los Angeles has to offer with a mix of reggae, Afrobeat, jazz, electronic, pop and soul. The dancers, Kimberly Miguel Mullen, Kati Hernandez and Nonosina wove in traditional movement and drums, all in celebration of the legendary Cuban performer, Maestro Lazaro Galarraga and soul/funk singer Afrodyete, best known for her work with the legendary Breakestra.

Featuring Chloe x Halle, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Jungle Fire, Brit Manor and Captain Planet, the concert brought together celebrated musicians, singers, drummers and dancers who have achieved national and international success to honor legends in the music community.

Photos by Eric Minh Swenson, EMS ARTS

 Halle Bailey of Chloe x Halle

Halle Bailey of Chloe x Halle

 Corbin Jones

Corbin Jones

 Mark de Clive-Lowe

Mark de Clive-Lowe

 Josh Johnson

Josh Johnson

 Kati Hernandez

Kati Hernandez

 Tiana Liufau of Nonosina

Tiana Liufau of Nonosina

 Nonosina

Nonosina

 Brit Manor

Brit Manor

 Photographs exhibited by Eric Coleman (2014)

Photographs exhibited by Eric Coleman (2014)

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 Acrylic portraits exhibited by Ben Ferrer (2014)

Acrylic portraits exhibited by Ben Ferrer (2014)

 Small business owner, Daisy Zin, of Yerberia Mayahuel

Small business owner, Daisy Zin, of Yerberia Mayahuel

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 Mixed media portrait of legendary Cuban musician Armando Pedraza by painter, James Gayles

Mixed media portrait of legendary Cuban musician Armando Pedraza by painter, James Gayles

 Pictured left, visual artist Adia Millett.

Pictured left, visual artist Adia Millett.

 A child plays during an urban gardening workshop at a community garden in Santa Ana, CA.

A child plays during an urban gardening workshop at a community garden in Santa Ana, CA.

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 A U.S. Coast Guard Veteran plays the flute as students from Morningside High School in Inglewood plant an organic garden at  VS-65 , a subsidized housing complex for formerly homeless veterans in Downtown LA.

A U.S. Coast Guard Veteran plays the flute as students from Morningside High School in Inglewood plant an organic garden at VS-65, a subsidized housing complex for formerly homeless veterans in Downtown LA.

 A  Grow Where You Are  workshop with internationally recognized urban farmer, Eugene Cooke, at Watts Senior Center.

A Grow Where You Are workshop with internationally recognized urban farmer, Eugene Cooke, at Watts Senior Center.

 A mural in front of the WLCAC in Watts, California.

A mural in front of the WLCAC in Watts, California.

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