Saturday, December 31, 2011 to release 'Bolga Sonata' and other instrumental works by J.H. Kwabena Nketia

[Coming Soon: Bolga Sonata and other instrumental works by J.H. Kwabena Nketia]

December 28, 2011
“Dear Friends:
As we celebrate the New Year, thoughts often turn to giving back, to sharing good fortune with those around us, with our community, and perhaps, with the world. It’s a time to consider how to bring a bit of joy to others.

As a friend of Sankusem, you know that part of our mission is to bring the music experience of the African village to the concert hall utilizing traditional and classical instruments, in order to share the music and arts of Africa with new audiences. As you are making decisions on your charitable giving, we ask you to please put Sankusem on your list of contributions. As a non-profit organization, all donations will go to expanding Sankusem’s ability to educate and to stimulate through the power of performance.

In 2011, Sankusem toured the Pacific Northwest, performing with internationally renowned artists including Rachel Barton Pine, Obbo Addy and Kofi Anang before audiences at Whitman College, Icicle Creek Music Center, Seattle Pacific University and the University of Washington. With your help, the New Year can truly be a monumental one for the group. Sankusem’s first CD is about to be released, the group is making connections with the Smithsonian as it develops its new African-American museum and is working on a Composer’s Competition which should bring international attention as well as exciting performances as new works are premiered.

Through our 501C3 fiscal partner NIA Production Company, Sankusem can now take tax-deductible donations, by check or cash.” “Your assistance will help us spread this music across the world—and the members of Sankusem thank you for your generosity.”
George Francois

Dr. George Francois
Executive Director, Sankusem

Comment by email:
I eagerly await this! The Bolga Sonata, for a start, is the sort of work that could, in my view, become a very popular access point. There is something about Nketia’s music that always makes me smile!  [Michael S. Wright]

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