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Moogfest, in its second year in Durham, features a protest stage and other progressive themes. The music festival promises a space where artistic expression can be channeled to incite action for social justice. At the same time, Moogfest is eager to be a beacon for the affluent, tech-minded entrepreneurs flooding Durham's rapidly expanding start-up community.
Black Mama’s Day Bail Out was a national action to free black mothers who were in jail on bonds they could not afford to pay. Mothers released from the Durham County Detention Facility were celebrated at Hillside Park on Mother’s Day. Social activists at the event are calling for reform of North Carolina’s racially biased ransom demands.
Baba Chuck Davis, who built a global dance legacy in Durham, passed away at age eighty on Mother's Day. Davis immersed himself in the cultures and art forms of Western Africa, and brought them back to teach and stage in the United States. He is known for performances by his African American Dance Ensemble, and DanceAfrica, an annual festival he created to showcase the dance and music of the African diaspora.
Amos Gaynes experienced an unexpected spiritual awakening in the middle of a field outside Asheville in 1999. At Durham’s Moogfest, Gaynes will speak about musical technology and ritual in twenty-first-century shamanistic practice. As Gaynes explains it, a well-planned dance party can be akin to a shamanistic ritual, with potential benefits to mind, body, and spirit.
The second year of Durham’s Moogfest focuses on grassroots musical activism, and features music-related forms of social protest. The festival opens with Moor Mother, an experimental music project led by Camae Ayewa. A self-described Afrofuturist, she uses music and lyrics to fight against oppression.
Beginning half a century ago, Laurie Spiegel and Suzanne Ciani laid early foundations for electronic music. In the Triangle, a resurgence of interest in their work has run parallel with the renewed interest in old synthesizers. They will be featured at this year’s Moogfest in Durham.