The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Senegal-America Project Benefit Concert

S A T U R D A Y,  S E P T E M B E R   26   8:00 PM

The Academy of Music, Northampton, MA
Tickets at:  $10/$12/$20 (plus fees)

featuring performances by:
Gokh-bi System    Impulse Ensemble
Tony Vacca’s World Rhythms Ensemble

with special guests Abiodun Oyewole (of The Last Poets), Tantra Zawadi, Massamba Diop (from Baaba Maal’s band), and Abdou Sarr

For the past eighteen years Senegalese and American performers have been using their music, their dance, and their performance poetry to illustrate the guiding principle of their Senegal-America Project: “we are all connected.” Their educational programs have reached half a million students in Senegal and America; their partnerships have delivered 3500 mosquito nets and essential medicines to at-risk neighborhoods, and their concert performances include appearances at Senegal’s National Theatre, at The Clearwater Jazz Festival, at Dakar’s CISES Concert Hall, at NYC’s Blue Note and at Baaba Maal’s Festival les Blues du Fleuve.

In 2012 the US Embassy awarded a grant to bring the US contingency to Senegal for performances, workshops and collaborative recordings. Over the last nearly two decades work visas have been granted to ten Senegalese performers to perform and teach in America.

They’ve produced two CD recordings and each is a daring blend of music that is ancient and contemporary, traditional and innovative, African and American. Right from the beginning Northampton was the project’s US home base.

So be ready for spectacular World Music and drumming, amazing dance, and cutting edge poetry..

Proceeds of the concert will support the project’s school programs and partnerships, festival appearances, and fair trade collaborations in Senegal and America.

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