Miyamoto is Black Enough to Perform at Davis Fine Arts Theater

Photo Courtesy of National Sawdust
Watch the full concert from the Kennedy Center in 2018. Video Courtesy of the Kennedy Center, National Sawdust, and MiBE.

Davis Fine Arts Theater will host Miyamoto is Black Enough (MiBE) on February 7th at 12:30 pm and 7:00 pm. MiBE was described by National Sawdust “as a collaborative exploration of meaning and conversation, based on Ariana Miyamoto, a Japanese national who grew up as a self-described mixed race “hafu,” the child of an African American father and Japanese mother. After winning Miss Universe Japan 2015, many Japanese expressed concern at her lack of “pure” parentage—that she was not Japanese enough.”

National Sawdust described the Kennedy Concert as “a work celebrating Miyamoto’s legacy is a blend of hard driving rhythms and biting social commentary that utilizes steelpan, cello, drums, and poetry/vocals. Drawing from a melange of musical styles, M is Black Enough forms a brash symphony that nods the head, moves the feet, and asks the listener/viewer to challenge and disturb her own comfort. The resulting work is a bold narrative about people, justice, struggle, joy, and celebration.”

Miyamoto is both a building frenzy of excitement and a cerebral jaunt through one’s own belief systems, leaning towards a joy that refuses itself unless it is foundation’d in justice. Four artists make this project possible: Andy Akiho as composer and performer on his trademark steelpans; Roger Bonair-Agard with poetry and spoken word; Jeffrey Zeigler as a cellist; and Sean Dixon on drums.

A casual concert will be held at 12:30 pm on February 7th, 2019 where the artists perform, talk about their lives, their education, their careers, and take questions from the audience. Open to everyone of every interest and discipline.

  • Tickets are as follows:
  • Casual Concert 12:30 pm
  • Regular Concert 7:00pm
  • Both events are free and open to the public

About Alex Bennett

History and Political Science Major, Managing Editor of the YJ, WVSU Quiz Bowl, President of the Pre-Law Society, and campus activist.
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