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. Also participating will be Ariane Morais-Abreu, a Cape Verdean cultural activist.

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 HavenHall   – from October 15-22, 2018. You can view a collection of his works at this link.








Please note: an opening reception for Ida Abreu exhibit will take place right in front of the DAAS gallery on Wednesday, October 17 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.


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 Saturday, October 20, 2018, at 8:00 p.m. (Doors open at 7:30 p.m.) Details can be found at this link: 

Mr. Bastos will also be joined by Rui Meira (classical guitar) and Mick Trovoada (drums and backing vocalist) with special guest Mitchell Long (acoustic guitar and backing vocalist).

Ariane Morais-Abreu

Born in 1964 in São Vicente, in the archipelago of Cabo Verde, Ariane Morais-Abreu has lived in Paris since her childhood.  A graduate from la Sorbonne, Paris IV where she specialized in modern and contemporary history of Brazil, she tackled the study of this lusophone country through the lens of literature under the supervision of Katia Mattoso de Queiroz.

In charge of documentary studies at the Center of Diplomatic Archives in the Ministry of Europe and Foreign affairs, she has directed since 1994 the archives of the central services and of French representations in the world.  She is currently in charge of the oral archives, a private collection of private interviews where scientific orality questions the narrative memory of 20th century history.  She also contributes to lectures on diplomatic patrimony in a public study hall in La Courneuve.

A cultural activist, she has hosted several radio programs since the 1980s (Radio Nègres-marrons, Radio Alfa; Radio Alfa has been its Portuguese name for over thirty years in France and can be heard on FM 98.6).  She also contributes to the main newspapers of CaboVerde (Artiletra, A Semana, Terra Nova) during democratic transitions and writes chronicles about the archipelago, its diaspora and its future.

An African and European citizen, Ariane is also an artistic agent and the full-time mother of three daughters.

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.

Brazil Initiative documentary screening: O Processo followed by Q&A with filmmaker Maria Ramos

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 4:30 p.m. Weiser Hall, Room 110-120. More information here.