Apr
6
5:00pm 5:00pm

Sonic Safari with the Songs of Africa

Sonic Safari with the Songs of Africa
Thursday April 6th at 5:00 PM
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
1 Hairpin Dr, Edwardsville, IL 62025

Songs of Africa Ensemble

Songs of Africa Ensemble

Presented by the International Studies Program, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, the Songs of Africa Ensemble will take you on a memorable musical safari around Africa and through the African Diaspora. An audience interactive concert of songs by music icons such as Miriam Makeba, Papa Wemba, Manu Dibango, Kaissa, along with regular audience favorites. Must-see show, FREE and open to the general public.

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Season Finale at The Sheldon!
Apr
2
3:00pm 3:00pm

Season Finale at The Sheldon!

Undine Smith Moore, composer

Undine Smith Moore, composer

Bjorn Ranheim, cellist

Bjorn Ranheim, cellist


Celebrating Intercultural Music with chamber works by Gamal Abdel-Rahim, William Grant-Still, Kwabena Nketia, Adolphus Hailstork, Undine Smith Moore, Fred Onovwerosuoke, and other composers. A season finale concert featuring the IMI Chamber Players (quintet) with pianist Sunghee Hinners, flutist/pianist  Marie Jureit-Beamish. cellist Bjorn Ranheim and other special guest artists and friends at the “acoustically perfect” Sheldon Concert Hall. 

Intercultural Music Initiative: a commitment to black composers of classical music. As aptly put by composer Undine Smith Moore, "Art preserves life in a very special way....our memories die with us, but art preserves the values and experiences." 

Tickets $12-$25 now available at 314-289-4051 
or click here to order tickets online

Wendy Hymes, flutist

Wendy Hymes, flutist

Matt Alison, flutist

Matt Alison, flutist

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IMI Chamber Players presents "Music from Around the World"
Feb
22
7:00pm 7:00pm

IMI Chamber Players presents "Music from Around the World"

February 22 7:00 p.m.
World Chess Hall of Fame Monthly Music Series:
Music from around the world with the IMI Chamber Players Woodwind Quintet
 

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017
World Chess Hall of Fame
4652 Maryland Avenue (3rd floor)
Saint Louis, MO 63108
6:30 p.m. | Doors Open
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. | Concert
Tickets $10, general/$5, members/students & seniors

The widely acclaimed IMI Chamber Players, fresh from releasing their new CD, performs music written for woodwind quintet from five continents, including Folk Suite No. 4 by William Grant Still, Adagio and Allegro K. 594 by W. A. Mozart, selections from Dances and Rhapsodies for Wind Quintet by Fred Onovwerosuoke, Wind Quintet Op. 30 by Sigfrid Karg-Elert, and Portraits of Josephine by Valerie Coleman. The IMI Chamber Players is an innovative concert and educational outreach program featuring classical and contemporary works by composers of African, Hispanic and Asian-descent, along with standard repertoire. 

http://www.imusici.net

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Celebrating Black History with Sonic Safari for Schools
Feb
3
6:30pm 6:30pm

Celebrating Black History with Sonic Safari for Schools

Tahira Mari shares interactive African dances, stories and songs.

Tahira Mari serves as Performing Arts Exchange Coordinator for the African Musical Arts organization in Saint Louis, Missouri. As dancer/choreographer, her duties include teaching West African dance, Zumba and theatre at K-12 schools and community centers around St. Louis, including Eagle Charter School, Ferguson Middle School, Maryville University, Jewish Community Center, and Lift-for-Life Gym. Tahira’s responsibilities also includes choreographing Songs of Africa Ensemble shows and leading dance workshops for the African Musical Arts.  

Tahira has a passion for dance, the musical arts and cultural traditions particularly pertaining to West Africa and the African Diaspora. She has danced with Afriky Lolo Dance Company, sang with the Saint Louis Symphony’s “InUnison Chorus,” and received specialized training from other leading performing arts ensembles. 

Tahira attended Webster University and studied Scriptwriting, Playwriting and Spanish, and exudes a flare for languages, yoga, and world cultures. Her production credits include serving in various capacities in theatre productions such as “Annie,” “Willie Wonka,” “Menken the World a Better Place,” “The Lion King,” among others. She aspires to be a positive role model for other young people, and utilizes her artistic talents to expose audiences to African arts and cultures. She can be reached by telephone at 314-289-4051 or email at tahira@africarts.org.

 

 

 

 

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African-Descent Composers for Strings
Nov
6
3:00pm 3:00pm

African-Descent Composers for Strings

African-Descent Composer for Strings, featuring IMI Chamber Players, with guest violinist, Darwyn Apple, highlighting music by African American composers Joseph Bologne (Chevalier Saint-Georges), Jean Rudy Perrault,  William Grant-Still, and Fred Onovwerosuoke, as well as works by Anton Webern, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Franz Joseph Haydn

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Alison Buchanan: Songs of Diversity & Social Justice
Oct
6
7:00pm 7:00pm

Alison Buchanan: Songs of Diversity & Social Justice

The acclaimed dramatic soprano performs repertoire by a diverse corps of composers, with songs about diversity, inclusion and social justice. Concert on Thursday October 6, followed by multiple educational events through October 8. Free Concert. Help us bring more free concerts to our community by making a donation.

 

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Sonic Safari for Schools event at Ferguson Middle School
Apr
21
6:30pm 6:30pm

Sonic Safari for Schools event at Ferguson Middle School

The Ferguson Middle School Spring Concert will include performances by special guest artists from the IMI Chamber Players and the World Premiere performance of Fred Onovwerosuoke's Three African Folk Dances for School Band, commissioned by African Musical Arts.

This project was funded by the Maritz Arts and Education Fund for Teachers, a grant program administered by the Arts and Education Council.

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Apr
16
to Apr 17

Season Finale: Tribute to Great African Composers

Join African Musical Arts for the finale of our 2015-2016 concert season!

Our season finale will consist of two performances of "Tribute to Great African Composers," a five movement work written by Fred Onovwerosuoke commissioned in 2009 by the American Music Center (now New Music USA). The concert will feature guest conductor Marlon Daniel from New York, acclaimed soprano Alison Buchanan, IMI Festival Orchestra & Chorus comprised of University City Symphony & Friends, St. Louis Women HOPE Chorale, St. Louis Children’s Choirs, Legend Singers, Songs of Africa Ensemble and the Voices of Trinity from Chicago.

VENUE: Saturday, April 16, 2016, 7:30PM at the 560 Music Center and Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 3:00PM at the nearby Trinity Presbyterian Church. Tickets range from $15-$50. Discounts available for students and seniors  at the door.  To purchase tickets online click the button below. Ticket proceeds to benefit the African Performing Arts Exchange, a proposed web-based, digital resource for performers, music educators and students.

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Songs of Africa at the Mount Olive Music and Fine Arts '15-'16 Concert Series
Apr
10
4:00pm 4:00pm

Songs of Africa at the Mount Olive Music and Fine Arts '15-'16 Concert Series

Songs of Africa Ensemble in concert at the Mount Olive Lutheran Church Music and Fine Arts Concert Series for the 2015-2016 season. A touring program in Minneapolis, MN.

Songs of Africa Ensemble is a multicultural and eclectic group of highly trained musicians promoting new genres of choral music from around Africa and its diaspora. Songs teach about Africa’s music, its peoples, languages and cultures and create opportunities for incorporating new styles of African-descent music into modern choral repertory. Singing in more than 20 different African languages, with concerts that are audience-interactive, educational, and entertaining!

You can read more about the Songs of Africa Ensemble on their Facebook page or website by clicking the buttons below.

Fred Onovwerosuoke is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Songs of Africa Ensemble.  You can read his full bio at: www.fredomusic.com

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Sonic Safari with the Songs of Africa Ensemble at The Stage at KDHX
Feb
4
7:30pm 7:30pm

Sonic Safari with the Songs of Africa Ensemble at The Stage at KDHX

For tickets please visit:  http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1068883-sonic-safari-songs-africa-st-louis/

Join us as Songs of Africa Ensemble weaves beloved African tales around delightful songs. Kick off Black History with another audience interactive show for the whole family

Concert teasers...

 "Life in the city is NOT as rosy as they make you believe. Everything costs money: water, food, rent, transport, etc. Not worth running away from family land in the village..."
- Lingala and ki-Swahili folktale from East and Central Africa

"Our village is stronger when we pull together in a difficult marriage/relationship, playing our part instead of tearing down our union/group..."
- Igbo/Efik proverb from Nigeria and Cameroon

"Ukebele, a shining baldhead ought to reflect great wisdom, not to chase around our playmates..."
- Zulu/Xhosa play song from South Africa

"Join the celebration and have a good time; this is no time to sit down with folded arms..." 
- Akan proverb from Ghana

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Dec
26
2:00pm 2:00pm

"Celebrate Kwanzaa" (2015-2016 Concert Season)

  • St. Louis County Library, Florissant Valley Branch (map)
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"Celebrate Kwanzaa" is the third concert of our annual 2015-16 concert series. This annual free concert features music and stories inspired by themes of family values, virtues, and community building. The Songs of Africa Ensemble sings in a variety of African languages. Our Kwanzaa celebration will include holiday favorites in Kiswahili, English, Spanish and more, and is appropriate for all ages. 

Our 2015-2016 concert series hopes to raise interest and support for the Performing Arts Exchange (or simply "The Exchange"), a newly proposed project from African Musical Arts. The Exchange will be an online music database for preserving and promoting music of African-descent composers. It will be a resource for students, musicians, music teachers and professors, and the general public. 

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Danforth University Center's Chamber Music Series presents the Songs of Africa Ensemble
Dec
15
7:30pm 7:30pm

Danforth University Center's Chamber Music Series presents the Songs of Africa Ensemble

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Join the Songs of Africa Ensemble on December 15th, 2015 for part of the Washington University Danforth University Center's Chamber Music concert series. The event will be held in the Goldberg Formal Lounge, located on the 2nd floor of the Danforth University Center.

Singing in more than 20 different African languages, their performances are audience-interactive, educational, and entertaining!  The performance will be in the Goldberg Formal Lounge. 

To read more about the Songs of Africa, visit their website by clicking the button below.

 

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2015 National In-Service Conference
Oct
25
to Oct 28

2015 National In-Service Conference

  • Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Fred Onovwerosuoke, Founder and Executive Director of African Musical Arts, will be presenting at the 2015 National In-Service Conference in Nashville , Tennessee. 

The conference, hosted by the National Association for Music Education and located at the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center, will present more than 300 innovative professional development sessions, nightly entertainment, extraordinary performances from across the country, and a wild time at the Give a Note Extravaganza, and tons of networking and in-depth learning opportunities. 

About Fred's Presentation: Fred's presentation, titled "Teaching Singers to Perform African Choral Repertoire: Familiar Techniques Towards Amazing Results," will help participants to develop new skills in teaching unfamiliar African choral repertoire. Particular emphasis will be focused on dealing with effective pronunciation, planning effective rehearsals, incorporating simple percussion accompaniment, choreography, performance and cultural practices, audience interaction, and other performance practices usually inherent in performing new cross-cultural music.     In over two decades teaching, performing and conducting workshops on African choral music across North America, South America, Europe and Asia, one evident outcome is the fact that Africa music always tend to attract appreciation from a variety of audiences, regardless of race, ethnicity or religion.  The session will offer participants a unique opportunity to learn from one of the world’s most sought authorities on African choral music. Participants will become proficient in the skills needed to approach an exciting mode of artistic and cultural expression within the ever evolving American musical landscape. Familiar methodologies, such as anglicized equivalents of IPA conventions, rudimentary choreography, drama, percussion techniques, etc., will be used to elucidate new ideas. The session will be an exciting opportunity to expand one’s artistic horizon, approach newer musical styles with confidence, and will offer a friendly platform for intercultural dialogue, inter-community understanding, and cross-cultural appreciation in America.

For more information on the conference, visit: http://inserviceconference.nafme.org/

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University City Symphony Orchestra Season Opener
Oct
18
3:00pm 3:00pm

University City Symphony Orchestra Season Opener

UCSO Announces the 2015-2016 Season: "Black Art Matters"

Mark your calendar for this Sunday (October 18) free concert by the University City Symphony Orchestra. Maestro Leon Burke will open their season with an orchestra piece composed by our own Fredo. Concert starts 3:00PM at the 560 Music Center in UCity. Please bring friends and family. Concerts features the following works:

Chevalier de Saint-Georges         Symphony No. 2 in D, Op 11, No.2

 Fred Onovwerosuoke                Suite No. 4 for Orchestra
                                                                               Inversion Dance Theatre 

  Camille Saint-Saens                       Piano Concerto No. 5, “Egyptian”
                                                                                Tim Jansen, piano

 "My plan for this season is to present concerts that will feature the creations and recreations of Arts rooted in Africa and Arts rooted in Africa. Most importantly this is great art, worthy of the world stage, which happens to have been created by people of African descent. As a part of our presentation this season, the orchestra will feature music by well-known local composer Fred Onovwerosuoke ("FredO"), whose music evokes Mother Africa. Incidentally, FredO's work calls for optional  interpretive dance, which will be performed by the Inversion Dance Theatre choreographed and led by Keith Williams." - Maestro Leon Burke, III, Music Director, University City Symphony Orchestra

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Oct
16
6:00pm 6:00pm

Live at the Link: Theater of HOPE Gala Concert

African Musical Arts would like to encourage you to attend this event from St. Louis Women's Hope Chorale . We have collaborated with them in the past and hope you can make it to help support this wonderful group! 

ABOUT THE CONCERT: Theater of Hope is a musical collaboration honoring American veterans and their loved ones waiting at home and capturing the fear, longing, sacrifice, pride, joy, and hope of an armed forces family.This concert features guest artists the 442s and Brian Owens in a world premier.  The Gala will be in the Link Auction Gallery in the Central West End.The reception begins at 7:00 PM and the concert is at 8:00 PM.

TICKETS: Tickets range from $50-$250, with three different ticket levels offering different special privileges. Click the button below for details.

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About St. Louis Women's HOPE Chorale: The St. Louis Women's HOPE Chorale's mission is to share a love of music and to raise awareness of social justice issues involving women and girls. They bring change through HOPE: Harmony, Optimism, Philanthropy, and Empowerment.  Visit their website: http://www.stlwomenshopechorale.org

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Oct
11
3:00pm 3:00pm

A Cappella Africa (2015-2016 Concert Season)

CONCERT VENUE: Parkway UCC Auditorium, 2841 N. Ballas Road, St. Louis, MO 63131. Tickets still available! Click here to see preview on KSDK Show-Me-Stl

Join African Musical Arts
 for the second concert in our 2015-2016 series.

"A Capella Africa" is a classical music concert featuring flutists Wendy Hymes and Matt Allison, as well as our Songs of Africa Ensemble. The concert will present meditation music for flutes and voices. 

TICKETS: Tickets are $15 for adults.  Discounted tickets of $7 will be available for seniors and students at the door.  Click the button below to purchase tickets online.

SEASON SUBSCRIPTION: We are offering subscriptions to our entire season of concerts for a 15% discount. Subscriptions also include invitations to VIP rehearsals before performances, as well as a special donor reception. To purchase a season subscription click the button below.

All proceeds from our 2015-2016 concert season will go towards funding the African Performing Arts Exchange (or simply "The Exchange"), a newly proposed project from African Musical Arts. 

ABOUT THE EXCHANGE: The Exchange will be an online music database for preserving and promoting music of African-descent composers. It will be a resource for students, musicians, music teachers and professors, and the general public. The database is scheduled for a launch in spring of 2016.

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Oct
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

Webster Arts October Concert Series Featuring Songs of Africa

The Songs of Africa Ensemble will be performing as a part of Webster Arts' new October concert series! About the Songs of Africa Ensemble: The Songs of Africa Ensemble is a multi-cultural vocal and instrumental group sponsored by African Musical Arts.  The Ensemble teaches about Africa's music, its musical instruments, languages, and cultures.  Singing in more than 20 different African languages, their performances are audience-interactive, educational, and entertaining!  

Webster Arts formerly hosted its annual Classical Closing concert, a free concert by the St. Louis Symphony to mark the end of the Webster Groves Farmers Market.  This year, Webster Arts is expanding the concert into a series, with hopes of having music programming every Thursday for the entire month of October. For more information on Webster Arts, visit their website at: www.webster-arts.org

You can read more about the Songs of Africa Ensemble on their website by clicking the button below.



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Sep
20
4:00pm 4:00pm

STL Mosaic Project Welcoming Week with the Songs of Africa Ensemble

The Songs of Africa Ensemble will be featured as part of St. Louis Mosaic Project's welcoming week of multi-cultural programming.  

Stop by the Centene Center in Grand Center for an open rehearsal with the Songs of Africa Ensemble.  The Ensemble will perform various songs from their repertoire in the lovely rehearsal space on the fourth floor which overlooks the city.

About Songs of Africa: The Songs of Africa Ensemble is a multi-cultural vocal and instrumental group sponsored by African Musical Arts.  The Ensemble teaches about Africa's music, its musical instruments, languages, and cultures.  Singing in more than 20 different African languages, their performances are audience-interactive, educational, and entertaining!  For more information on the Songs of Africa Ensemble, visit: www.songsofafrica.org.

About St. Louis Mosaic Project: St. Louis Mosaic Project aims to be a cultural mosaic, a place that is truly welcoming.  They believe immigrants are vital to St. Louis because they bring new energy, ideas and talent with them. They seek to share our community with its great neighborhoods, outstanding schools, plus some of the best hospitals and cultural destinations in the world. For more information on St. Lous Mosaic Project nd their welcoming week of multi-cultural programming, visit: http://www.stlmosaicproject.org/

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Aug
30
3:00pm 3:00pm

"Music Saved from the Storm" (2015-2016 Concert Season)

Join African Musical Arts as we kick off our 2015-2016 concert season!

"Music Saved from the Storm" is a concert featuring pianist Sunghee Hinners and IMI Chamber Players. The concert commemorates the ten years since Hurricane Katrina, a storm that nearly decimated a large portion of AMA's music archive manuscripts. Concert will feature music by Beethoven, William Grant-Still and our own St. Louis-based composer, Fred Onovwerosuoke. The event will also honor the memory of the late composer Lucius Weathersby who lost much of his music and passed away shortly after the storm.


The very lovely Kathy Lawton Brown recently had our staff and musicians in the studio at Radio Arts Foundation to discuss our concert, "Music Saved from the Storm."  Click below to listen to the full interview. 


TICKETS: Tickets are $15 for adults.  Discounted tickets of $7 will be available for students and seniors at the door.  Click the button below to purchase tickets.

SEASON SUBSCRIPTION: We are offering subscriptions to our entire season of concerts for a 15% discount. Subscriptions also include invitations to VIP rehearsals before performances, as well as a special donor reception. To purchase a season subscription click the button below.

 

All proceeds from our 2015-2016 concert season will go towards funding the African Performing Arts Exchange (or simply "The Exchange"), a newly proposed project from AMA. 

ABOUT THE EXCHANGE: The Exchange will be an online music database for preserving and promoting music of African-descent composers. It will be a resource for students, musicians, music teachers and professors, and the general public. 



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Songs of Africa Ensemble at "The Hungry Young Poets" Poetry Reading
Aug
17
7:30pm 7:30pm

Songs of Africa Ensemble at "The Hungry Young Poets" Poetry Reading

The Songs of Africa Ensemble will be performing at "The Hungry Young Poets," a summer reading series presented by River Styx magazine.  The Hungry Young Poets, features readings by six poets under the age of 33 and is a blend of live music and outstanding poetry. Songs of Africa will be providing two acoustic sets at the event, one at the start of the night and one at intermission.  Come join us for this delightful collaboration! You can read more about the Songs of Africa Ensemble on their Facebook page or website by clicking the buttons below.

For more Information about River Styx online at:  www.riverstyx.org

 

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Jul
23
9:00am 9:00am

Chief Bokulaka at the Symposium on Social Equality

  • Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center (map)
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Chief Bokulaka will be a featured performer at the upcoming Symposium on Social Equality presented by JCI.  

The Symposium is free and open to the public. It takes place from 9:00 AM-6:00 PM, and Chief Bokulaka's performance will be between speakers from 11:30 AM to 11:50 AM.

African Musical Arts will also have a booth at the event where they will be selling items from the African Music Publishers (AMP Records) catalog, collect email addresses for our e-blasts, and be able to speak about our organization and programming.

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ABOUT THE SYMPOSIUM: This empowering event will unite local, regional, national and international leaders and experts and provide constructive conversation on how we can sustain social equality for all people. These important conversations and engaging discussions aim to empower active citizens and inspire community action to ensure human dignity for all.

Fore more information, visit: http://www.jci.cc/ourevents/symposium2015

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ABOUT CHIEF BOKULAKA: Chief Bokulaka is an accomplished world traveler, artist, storyteller, and performer. He shares the culture of Central Africa through dance, songs, and stories. Attendees will learn to dance vibrant Soukous dances and feel the pulse of drumming styles from Bokulaka’s home country, the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

Considered a master drummer, Chief Bokulaka began performing at age eight. His singing, dancing, and drumming skills were honed through years practice with his father, Ekofo Boyeka, the son of a long line of Griots of Mbandaka. For years Bokulaka performed and recorded with groups such as the National Ballet of Zaire, Franco, Kanda Bongo, Jimmy Cliff, Papa Wemba, Shaggy, Eykah Badu and his own group Eteko Bonyoma before being advised not to return to his native land by family members amid growing violence. He currently resides in St. Louis, where he maintains an active teaching and touring schedule.

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African Drum and Dance Classes with Chief Bokulaka
Jul
9
5:00pm 5:00pm

African Drum and Dance Classes with Chief Bokulaka

African Musical Arts is presenting African drum and dance classes with Chief Bokulaka, a noted Congolese dancer, choreographer, and drummer.

The classes will take place from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on the second Thursday every month.

Please RSVP to info@africarts.org. The cost is $10 per person and can be purchased in person at the Kranzberg Arts Center the night of the class or by clicking the above button.

Attendees should bring their own drum, but no pre-requisite experience is necessary. Stop in on your way home from work or before you catch a show at Grand Center!

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About Chief Bokulaka: Chief Bokulaka is an accomplished world traveler, artist, storyteller, and performer. He shares the culture of Central Africa through dance, songs, and stories. Attendees will learn to dance vibrant Soukous dances and feel the pulse of drumming styles from Bokulaka’s home country, the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

Considered a master drummer, Chief Bokulaka began performing at age eight. His singing, dancing, and drumming skills were honed through years practice with his father, Ekofo Boyeka, the son of a long line of Griots of Mbandaka. For years Bokulaka performed and recorded with groups such as the National Ballet of Zaire, Franco, Kanda Bongo, Jimmy Cliff, Papa Wemba, Shaggy, Eykah Badu and his own group Eteko Bonyoma before being advised not to return to his native land by family members amid growing violence. He currently resides in St. Louis, where he maintains an active teaching and touring schedule. 

 

*This class is under the auspices of African Musical Arts, whose programs are funded in part by the Regional Arts Commission and the Missouri Arts Council.

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