“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 that brings their original sounds to the Smith Opera House on Saturday, March 8.
Mixing a unique blend of a cappella harmonies and resounding African poly rhythms on traditional West African instruments like the sekere (sha ka ray), the agogo (double headed bell), the clave, Sakara, and the Sangba drums, the group is dedicated to the cultural enrichment of its audience. Be prepared for a marvelous night of drumming and songs from Ghana, Cuba, Brazil, Nigeria, and the Americas in exquisite four and five part harmonies. Their rich voices and powerful drums in the acoustically superb Smith Opera House combine for a blood-boiling rhythmic experience that is unlike other concert.
Based in Philadelphia, Voices of Africa was established in 1989 with a mission to uplift, educate and enlighten by professionally performing music and creative expressions that acknowledge the African and African American heritage.
The performance starts at 8pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $7 for seniors and students and are available at the Smith Opera House box office, Area Records & Music, Martin Music, the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Bookstore and Lyons National Bank.
The Smith is located at 82 Seneca Street in Geneva. For more information call 315-781-LIVE or toll free 1-866-355-LIVE or toll-free at 1-866-355-LIVE.
This concert is the last performance in The Smith’s “Wild Women of the World Music Series” and is made possible, in part, with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and the HWS Office of Intercultural Affairs and by WEOS FM 89.7.
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