The APSA conference cultural program will feature two major artists: Cape Verdean sculptor, and painter Idá Abreu, based in Paris, and Angolan singer song-writer Waldemar Bastos, based in Portugal.


Idá Abreu

Idá Abreu is a major sculptor and painter in the Cape Verdean and French art world. He grew up in Achada Santo António, a populous neighborhood in Praia (Cape Verde islands) where he witnessed life’s challenges, as well as the inner wealth and beauty of humble people.  This insular environment fed and bolstered his creativity and gave him a taste for multicolored backgrounds and a keen sense of detail clearly observable throughout his art works.

Idá Abreu will be exhibiting his paintings in the DAAS Gallery –G 648 Haven Hall   – from October 15-22, 2018.



Waldemar Bastos

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Waldemar Bastos is one of the father figures of modern Angolan music.  His musical repertoire features multiple Angolan musical genres with Portuguese and Brazilian influences.  Waldemar Bastos was discovered by David Byrne in the late 1990s when he released the album Preta Luz (Black Light) through his record label Luaka Bop to world critical acclaim.


To listen to samples of Waldemar’s music on SoundCloud, please follow this link

Waldemar Bastos will be performing at the Ark on October 20, 2018.


Beyond Borders: Global Africa 

The A. Alfred Taubman Gallery at the University of Michigan proudly announces a new exhibit on Global African Art. The exhibit runs from August 11 to November 25.

Information on this exhibit can be found at this link.