Performances in the Theatre of the Cold War: The American Society of African Culture (AMSAC) and the 1961 Lagos Festival

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Abstract

In December 1961 the American Society of African Culture (AMSAC) organised a large music festival in Lagos, Nigeria. American celebrities such as Nina Simone, Langston Hughes, and Lionel Hampton went on AMSAC’s fully sponsored trip to strengthen African-American/African connections. The performances and AMSAC’s image-building will be examined through photographs of the Lagos festival. These photographs are records of staged acts – acts that were meant to generate positive images of Black America and to reinforce (unequal) power relations between Nigerians and (Black) Americans. The visit of the group provides an interesting case study on the intersecting histories of the Cold War, the American Civil Rights Movement and the decolonisation of the African continent.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Transatlantic Studies
Volume16
Issue number1
StateAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2018

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