Get into the spirit of Black History Month with these events

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      Kara-kata Afrobeat

      (At the Alliance Française de Vancouver on Friday [February 3])

      The Alliance Française de Vancouver and Afrika21 cultural centre bring the Afrobeat, with a troupe that blends the rhythms of Africa with those of the Caribbean. Food, music, dance, and arts from Africa round out the programming.

      Songs of Loudest Praise

      (At Ryerson United Church on February 19)

      Along with offering young-artist workshops for Black History Month (and the chance to sing with the choir without an audition), the Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir marks the occasion with a rafter-shaking matinee concert. The show features Good Noise increasing its vocal power to the 150-voice Hallelujah Praise Mass Gospel Choir, plus soloists.

      Maya Angelou and Still I Rise

      (At the Kay Meek Centre in West Vancouver on February 27)

      The DOXA Documentary Film Festival presents Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack’s documentary about the renowned writer, tracing her humble beginnings in Arkansas through to her work in the civil-rights movement and triumphs like I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.