Come along and hear a vibrant personal history of racism, mobbing and longing, but also of success and dreams.
A drop og midnight is based on the life of the boy Jason in the 1980s – a life marked by racism and mobbing. We follow Jason into adulthood, where he pursues the search for identity, belonging and affiliation, which culminates in a momentous trip to the South Carolina and Harlem of his forefathers. Jason’s persoanl seach for his roots provides insight into a spirited, collective life history which reflects that of the African American.
All colours are shades
– I’m black, even though the colour of my skin is brown. I have a complex system of roots with branches which cover continents, ethnicity, class, colours and eras. I’m a mixure of Slovacia, Germany, France, Africa and South Carolina – of white, black and Cherokee. I’m Jason, son a black Madubuko Diakité and white Elaine Bosak. I’m all the countries my forefathers came from. I’m all the colours and shades of their skin. I’m their anger and their longing, their triumphs and their dreams, says Diakité.
In the hands of director Farnaz Arbabis, Jason’s tale comes alive on the stage in a colourful mix of monologue, dialogue and music with roots in jazz, hip hop and soul. Framed in Nidaros Cathedral, this will be visually exciting and innovative.
An important voice
For many years, Jason «Timbuktu» Diakité has been one of Scandinavia’s most important rap voices and has become an influential and critical social commentator. His opinions on fundamental issues about democracy, racism, identity and segregation are listened to, and he is a role model for many young people in this country.
The performance builds on Diakité’s first book En droppe midnatt, which has now been used as teaching and discussion material in a number of schools. The artist Timbuktu has a number of big hits to his credit and has performed in most of the prestigious venues in Sweden and other countries over the last 15 years.
Particpants: The Band Damn! and vocalist Mira Palme