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Soundtrack x Afrotrak | Mike Orie

February 05, 202312:00 pm - 1:00 pm

A black man wearing a white sweatshirt and jeans poses on a set of concrete steps. His arms rest on his knees, hands loosely clasped together.

Mike Orie. Photo: @renacaptures.

About the Event

Contemporary sound-based artists transform your MCA experience on a select day of the month with custom soundtracks reflecting their perspective of works on view in the museum. DJ sets and bands occupy spaces in the museum as the building itself amplifies their sound constructions.

Kicking off a full day of gathering, collaboration, and community, Afrotrak’s Founder and Creative Director Mike “Orie” Mosley brings the energy with a DJ set in response to Black x Art. Known for highlighting worldly sounds such as Amapiano, Afrobeats, and more, Orie has created platforms for belonging using black artistry and sound as a way to build community across the country.

This Soundtrack is organized by Otez Gary, Community Engagement Manager, with the Community Engagement team.

About the Artist

Mike “Orie” Mosley is a St. Louis–born DJ, event curator, and concert promoter residing in Washington, DC. He created Afrotrak from his passion for music and his love for black culture. Afrotrak aims to cultivate an atmosphere where people can enjoy black culture represented and celebrated through the arts. Each Afrotrak experience is intended to evoke a feeling—of tranquility, thrill, etc. Since 2016, Afrotrak has produced concerts, events, art festivals, and more in the Chicago, DC, and NYC areas, and will continue facilitating memorable spaces and experiences for Black people.

Afrotrak is behind the popular traveling series Nappi Hour, focused on bridging the gap between the African Diaspora and creating a space for Black people where “It’s Okay to Let Your Hair Loose.” Afrotrak has also produced and promoted concerts for Luke James, Soulection, Lloyd, Bilal, Phony Ppl, Slum Village, Mail Music, and more. In 2021, they broke international artist Tems in Chicago, selling out her debut.

In 2022, Mosley expanded into the art space with the launch of Black x Art, an immersive Black art experience and platform featuring the works of Black creatives. His goal is to develop the platform to create a well-established ecosystem and community of Black artists, creatives, filmmakers, visual artists, curators, illustrators, painters, photographers, and more both through digital media and in-person experiences.

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