Slave trade separated families and destroyed communities all across Africa. Forced to travel across the seas, these “stolen people” also had to forsake their rich African culture preserved for generations through music, dance and oral story-telling traditions, leaving behind their cultural heritage. Recently, I read an amazing article about a small community of Cubans from the Gangá-Longobá ethnic group who, through music and dance passed down from their grandparents and great-grandparents, have been able to trace their ancestral roots back to a small village in Sierra Leone.
Ever wonder who answers the phone at World Music 90% of the time?? Me!
My first intro into World Music/CRASHarts was while I was a student at Berklee College of Music. I worked at the box office for many WM/CA events throughout my time at the college, my first being Paco Peña back in October 2009. I was always very impressed with the diversity of the acts brought to the venue, as well as the dedication and excitement of the World Music/CRASHarts audience. So I couldn’t be happier to be a part of the team! Some of my favorite shows I’ve worked over the years have been TAO: The Drummers of Japan, Hugh Masekela, Joshua Redman, and Idan Raichel with India.Arie.
The fabulous Buika performs this Saturday at the Berklee Performance Center at 8pm and she wants YOU to come to the concert. You can get tickets to the concert one of two ways: 1. Go here and buy tickets. 2. Comment on this blog post with your name and email address and let me know why you should win tickets. I will pick a winner at 10am on Friday, April 11.
If you weren't already aware, Buika is winner of several LAtin Grammy awards who has been named one of the 50 best vocalists of all time by NPR (and we know that NPR knows their stuff). She blends flamenco, jazz, soul and blues in a way that no other sing can replicate. She's truly a one-of-a-king performer. Do yourself a favor, and check her out.
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