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“Rehearsal Of Tongues On Fire” by Tongues On Fire

3D Family introduces Tongues on Fire, a new musical project inspired by the revolutionary art of Emory Douglas, the brilliant draftsman and Minister of Culture of the Black Panther Party. Although his work was mainly associated at the time with the militancy side of the movement, it has evolved today to become a recognized and inspiring art around the world.

The concept behind this project is to highlight the efficacy of the... visual, oratorical and musical arts as means of communicating ideas. Taking their inspiration from the works of Emory Douglas, Umar Bin Hassan and Abiodun Oyewole, the charismatic members of The Last Poets, have written 8 powerful poems reflecting in depth the past and todays cultural and political agenda. As he reflected on these verses, David Murray has composed 8 melodies that will be used as the core basis on which the music will be built on and performed by the different bands collaborating on the project such as Living Colour and The Roots for instance.

The show will also include a screening of 180 art works of Emory Douglas which will be graphically mixed by the video editor, Doctor L accordingly to the mood of the performances on stage. This interaction between different forms of arts, inspired one from another, opens a new energetic vision of the legacy left by the African American activism by making visible the productivity of what has been created before.

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