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Osborne Macharia with Blinky Bill

The Rude Boyz (Michigan Theater)


Thursday, September 13, 2018
5:10 pm


In-person Event

Michigan Theater
603 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104


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Open to the public
Free of charge

As a multi-award-win­ning pho­tog­ra­pher and dig­i­tal artist based in Nairobi, Kenya, Osborne Machari­a’s visual- and nar­ra­tive-dri­ven style, known as Afro­fu­tur­ism,’ has been rec­og­nized inter­na­tion­ally not only as enter­tain­ing and Afro­cen­tric but also as a plat­form for dis­cussing crit­i­cal social issues and con­vey­ing impor­tant mes­sages on top­ics such as inclu­sion, rep­re­sen­ta­tion, gen­der abuse, female gen­i­tal muti­la­tion, albinism, con­ser­va­tion, and care for the elderly. As a com­mer­cial pho­tog­ra­pher Macharia has been priv­i­leged to work with some top local and inter­na­tional brands, includ­ing Mar­vel (Black Pan­ther), Dis­ney, the Oprah Win­frey Net­work (Queen Sugar), Abso­lut, MTV, Volk­swa­gen, Forbes, Guin­ness, and Mer­cedes-Benz. In 2018, Macharia was also the first Kenyan ever to be selected as a jury mem­ber for the pres­ti­gious Cannes Lions cre­ative awards and the ADC/​One Show Awards.

Nairobi-based Blinky” Bill Sel­l­anga is a singer-song­writer, beat maker, pro­ducer, TED Fel­low, and one-fourth of the Kenyan art and music col­lec­tive Just a Band. He is an alum­nus of the Red Bull Music Acad­emy and the OneBeat inter­na­tional music col­lab­o­ra­tion. In 2017, Sel­l­anga released his debut solo album, titled Everyone’s Just Wing­ing It And Other Fly Tales, on the heels of his exper­i­men­tal 2016 EP, We Cut Keys While You Wait.

Osborne and Bill will pre­mière Remem­ber The Rude Boy — Detroit, a col­lab­o­ra­tion cre­ated as part of their week-long Detroit res­i­dency and sup­ported by the Witt Vis­it­ing Artists pro­gram at the Stamps School of Art & Design. A fic­tional nar­ra­tive about a tai­lor and his up-cycled” thrift shop fash­ion col­lec­tions, Remem­ber The Rude Boy is a cel­e­bra­tion of Black Father­hood and men­tor­ship within the com­mu­nity. The ini­tial project took place in Nairobi, Kenya, with sub­se­quent edi­tions in Accra, Ghana, and Johan­nes­burg, South Africa. In Detroit, the artists con­nected with four African-Amer­i­can vet­er­ans to cre­ate a new edi­tion of the project.

At the start of their Detroit res­i­dency, Osborne and Bill will make an addi­tional Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series pre­sen­ta­tion on Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 8 at 7:00 PM at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African Amer­i­can His­tory.

Pre­sented in part­ner­ship with Design Core Detroit Detroit Month of Design and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African Amer­i­can His­tory.


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