“It is tempting to talk about Skoto Gallery as a secret treasure of the New York art scene; but doing so brings up a lot of contradictory data,” wrote poet and critic Geoffrey Jacques.
“For instance, how does a “secret” survive two decades in a historically tough scene made even tougher by the cultural and economic head winds that have buffeted art, the New York art world, and the world in general in the last few years?
He was one of the pioneering figures in the Reggae and African music scenes in Northern California during the 1970s.
He performed with groups such as Obeah, Axum, Caribbean All Stars and the Rastafarians.
The artists: Deborah Willis, Stephanie Dinkins, Brett Cook, Hank Willis Thomas, Sonia Louise Davis, Shani Peters, Jamel Shabazz, Chester Higgins, Sheila Pree Bright, Michael Forbes, Tahir Hemphill, Daniel Dawson If You Go: The Gallatin Galleries 1 Washington Place @ Broadway artist Etiyé Dimma Poulsen, who lives and works in Belgium, is one of the artists whose work is featured at Skoto Gallery's 20th Anniversary Exhibition in New York scheduled from January 26th to February 25, 2012 (Photo: Tadias Magazine) Tadias Magazine Art Talk Updated: Monday, January 23, 2012 New York (TADIAS) – In the heart of Chelsea, one of the centers of the New York art world, lays a gem for African art lovers.
Skoto Gallery that opened in 1992 is one of the first contemporary African art galleries in the United States focusing on a mix of artists from the continent and the Diaspora.
“As far as Ethiopian musicians are concerned I like Mulatu Astatke for being the father of Ethio Jazz,” he said.
The five-piece group have played varying styles of music in the past, but currently we are focusing on a fusion of Jazz, Ethio- Jazz, Rhythm & Blues and other world music.
The show includes nine images taken by Chester Higgins, Jr. In this way Time, History and Memory become modes of communication as much as means of experience.
As communication, they are perhaps a common language, but they can also be a private language, a language of communion, understanding and unity. In trying to touch upon this theme of the uniqueness of language and of the experience of history, CPT: Time, History and Memory proposes a dialogue on the nature of this communication, and finally, this engagement with history and memory.
Members of the group, left to right, are: Anthony Lincoln, Lead vocals & Tenor Sax, Elias Negash, Piano, Keyboards & Vocals, Louie Moon Robinson, L & R. “It is a reflection of the various dynamic genres incorporated into the music,” Elias said in a recent interview with Tadias Magazine.
“Ethio-smooth is included along with R&B, Reggae and Salsa.” He added: ” In so doing, the music has been refreshed and jazzed up.