This season at New England Conservatory, 30+ concerts demonstrate just how vital music is to human struggle, and what revolution in artistic expression sounds like. Programs range from roots music to Beethoven, fight songs to anti-war anthems. Join our year-long exploration of how music speaks truth to power!
Fellow Africans Rise Up!
Festival and symposium
celebrating the music of
Dr. Ephraim Amu
Ghanaian composer Ephraim Amu's music is said to have triggered a "quiet revolution" that contributed to his country's march to independence. Events at Boston's African Meeting House on February 20, at NEC on February 21, and at Tufts University on February 22 set the stage for other events going into March and April with local venues and organizations including Boston's Trinity Church, Boston University, and Africans Universe.
Following a full day of symposium presentations, tonight's concert is a celebration of contemporary and ancient African repertoires, including some of the most popular choral works of Amu: Abibrimma!, Yɛŋ Ara Asasse, and Saŋ Bɛfa alongside traditional genres, some of which influence these works: Asafo, Bɔbɔbɔ, and Adzogbo.
Misonu Amu, daughter of Dr. Ephraim Amu, will be performing a number of her father's songs as the heart of the event. She will be accompanied by her friend and colleague George Worlasi Kwasi Dor.
Nani Agbeli (in photo), one of the leading Ghanaian dancers of his generation, was born into a family of prominent dancers and drummers in Ghana's Volta region, and for many years led the award-winning cultural troupe Sankofa Roots II. He now teaches at Tufts University, where he leads Kiniwe, Tufts's African performance ensemble.
Nani Agbeli is also artistic director of the Agbekor Drum and Dance Society, which was founded by Tufts professor David Locke.
Tufts University Third Day Gospel Choir, under the direction of David Coleman, unites 225 people from all different cultures and faiths together in harmony. In 2010, the director and the choir were featured in a story on BBC World News America called "A Choir of Many Faiths."
Jamie Kirsch is the conductor of the Tufts University Chamber Singers.
The members of Earth-Tones, a contemporary a capella quartet, are NEC singers Nedelka Prescod, Michael Mayo, Arielle Armstrong, and Joseph Copeland.
photo of Nani Agbeli by Alonso
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