Embassy of the United States presents AMA Karikatura Band
Monday, April 17, 2017
The visit is part of their Latin American tour that includes Chile, Haiti, Mexico and Panama
Santo Domingo, D.N.- The Embassy of the United States of America in Santo Domingo, in collaboration with the State Department’s American Music Abroad (AMA) program, organized a tour of the American pop band with Afro-Latin influences Karikatura through two cities, San Pedro de Macorís and Santo Domingo from April 19th to the 23rd.
The band will offer three free concerts for Dominican audiences starting Wednesday, April 19 in San Pedro de Macorís, in the Universidad Central del Este Amphitheater at 6:30 PM. They will be in Santo Domingo East on Thursday, April 20 at the San Luis’ Instituto Técnico Superior Comunitario starting at 5:00 PM. The tour ends with a presentation at the Green Fest, on Sunday, April 23 at the National Botanical Garden Dr. Rafael Moscoso at 4:00 PM.
In addition to the free concerts, Karikatura will engage with students in music workshops coordinated in conjunction with the Cultural Department of the Municipality of San Pedro de Macorís, the School of Music of the National University Pedro Henriquez Ureña and the Perelló Cultural Center.
As part of its cultural exchange program, the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo annually performs concerts to promote the values and culture of the American people.
Is a pop band whose musical background includes Afro-Latin rhythms and punk-rock energy, conceived in South India in 2009 by Brooklyn-born Ukrainian guitarist Dima Kay. While traveling the world Kay experienced the power of music to unite people and created Karikatura with the aim of educating and inspiring people to recognize common points rather than divisions. The band, based in New York, has toured throughout the United States, as well as Japan, Brazil and Europe.
Its members have a diverse background and musical experience including university degrees in music journalism, theater, dance and trombone, percussion studies in Cuba and Ghana, as well as self-study and live sound engineering. They have worked on the Rhythm Road program funded by the State Department for Jazz at the Lincoln Center. Lead singer Ryan Acquaotta is involved with racial justice and equality organizations, while drummer Morgan Greenstreet produces radio programs distributed in the U.S. by Afropop Worldwide. To see their videos visit: http://karikaturanyc.com/media/
About the AMA
The American Music Abroad (AMA) belongs to the Bureau of Education and Culture Affairs of the United States Department of State, which is designed to communicate the rich musical contributions of the United States to the world music scene while encouraging intercultural communication and connecting people to global audiences.