“We are women … And we play drums!”
So proclaims Voices of Africa – an internationally acclaimed, all female, African-American, vocal and percussion performing arts ensemble – coming to the Smith Opera House at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 3.
The group mixes a cappella harmonies and resounding African rhythms on traditional West African instruments like the sekere, the agogo (double-headed bell), the clave, Sakara, and the Sangba drums, and is dedicated to the cultural enrichment of the audience.
Audiences are treated to a marvelous night of drumming and songs from Ghana, Cuba, Brazil, Nigeria, and the Americas in four- and five-part harmonies.
Across the nation and around the world, the women continually get the same reaction: people rise to their feet to the rejuvenating vibrations of the music, and are moved in spirit, mind, and body.
Based in Philadelphia, Voices of Africa was established in 1989 to uplift, educate and enlighten by professionally performing music and creative expressions that acknowledge the African and African-American heritage.
This is the third concert in The Smith's new “Passport World Music Series,” spotlighting four different world beat music artists. The remaining concert this season will be Frigg, Nordic folk combined with American bluegrass, on Friday, April 20.
Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. for the 8 o'clock show; individual tickets are $15 and are available at the Smith box office or by calling (315) 781-LIVE or toll-free (866) 355-LIVE, or by visiting The Smith.