The Voices Of Africa Choral & Percussion Ensemble
Reggae / a cappella / African World
"Wide Variety of Events Set for African-American Heritage Month at UA
January 27, 2006 - Filed under: Events | Tagged: African-American Studies, Culture
Click Here to Download High Quality VersionTUSCALOOSA, Ala. – An array of events
will be offered at The University of Alabama to recognize February as African-American
Heritage Month, ranging from forums on race relations to musical performances to
a health and fitness fair to comedy entertainment and hip-hop poetry.
“Voices of Africa,” an all-female a cappella choral and percussion ensemble
will give two performances in Tuscaloosa on Feb. 16, including a 9 a.m. session
at Shelton State Community College’s Bean Brown Theater and a 7 p.m. performance
in the UA Ferguson Center Theater. The group performs and teaches the audience about
the history, techniques and style of the traditional African instruments they play.
For more information about the group, go to www.voicesofafrica.net/." University
Of Alabama News, University Of Alabama News
"At the 19th annual
Marion County Cultural Arts Festival, running today through Sunday in west Ocala,
people will celebrate, sample and see examples of diverse cultures, particularly
from Africa. Farther south, down U.S. 441, Belleview residents will celebrate their
city's 123rd birthday on Saturday.
While distinctly different in scope and mission, Founder's Day and Cultural Arts
Festival will offer some similar trappings. Both will host food vendors, artists
and craft makers. Both will fill stages with entertainment.
Founder's Day - Max Young, gospel and bluegrass
Cultural Arts Festival - Voices of Africa, traditional African music" BY
JOE VANHOOSE, Star-banner
" Education is still important
to VOA. "The biggest thing with inner-city kids is they don't want to admit anything
moves them. Even today the sexism is rampant," says Agyiriwah, adopting a snide
tone to add: "'Mmm-hmm, five women, what they gonna do?'"
"Then to see them thaw: 'O my god! I can't believe how good you were!' say the
presenters. 'You girls rock!' say the kids."
As you read this, VOA are part of a healing weekend at Omega Institute, in Rhinebeck,
NY. That's very much in line with VOA's mission, says Agyiriwah. "It's amazing to
see the healing that goes on in the churches. We start beating our drums to the
rhythm of the heart and build from there. It reminds me of David in the Bible —
'Make a joyful to the Lord.' The suburban Presbyterians, who refer to themselves
as The Frozen Chosen, bragged about how we thawed them out."
" Mary Armstrong, Philadelphia City Paper