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Black Incantation. 50 Danseurs et Chanteurs D’Afrique. Direction Artistique Rikar.
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(DA FONSECA, Louis Vera)

Black Incantation. 50 Danseurs et Chanteurs D’Afrique. Direction Artistique Rikar.

Grande Semaine de Gala aux Ambassadeurs.

Published: Paris: S.P.I.C. [Societé Parisienne d'Impression et Cartonnage], [c.1949]

Stock code: 82513

Price: £650

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Striking image in sepia, black, yellow and green by Castelli Aubin. Scarce and striking poster for a Black “Ballet” written by the musician/artistic director Fonseca-Nou Ka Sonjé, better known by his “Portuguese” name Louis Vera da Fonseca. Born in the Cape Verde Islands of a Senegalese mother and Cape Verdean father, Fonseca showed early aptitude for music and dance, and after settling in Paris became involved in radio broadcasts of music from the French colonies. The present poster was for a spectacular show first staged at the Casino de Deauville, where reputedly on its première the Aga Khan offered a “tip” of 500,000 Francs, which Fonseca distributed among the cast. Fonseca has been categorized as an early proponent of a populist “world music”, perhaps it would be fairer to see him as operating on the fringes of the Négritude movement.

Lithographic theatre poster. Framed and glazed, floated on black background mount in a black-stained wood box frame. Somewhat browned overall, some small repairs at the corners, and one short tear with a cellotape repair verso, overall very good.

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