Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Songs of Africa Ensemble in 'Sonic Safari' at Union Memorial United Methodist Church June 24, 2012

A Safari for your ears!-- A concert featuring music from across the African continent --

ST. LOUIS (June 11, 2012)Come experience the exciting Songs of Africa Ensemble live as they present, "Sonic Safari," a concert of music in African languages from a diverse selection of African cultures. Learn how to say hello in Swahili, a few new dance moves, and what an instrument called the "udu" is.

The multicultural vocal ensemble is the featured group on the Arts and Issues Series of Union Memorial United Methodist Church at 1141 Belt Avenue. The concert series honors famous African Americans; this year’s honoree is Sister Mary Antona Ebo, one of six nuns featured in the PBS documentary special, “Sisters of Selma,” about nuns who participated in the civil rights march with Dr. Martin Luther King from Selma to Montgomery Alabama.

The Songs of Africa Ensemble has performed across Missouri at the Sheldon Concert Hall, the St. Louis Art Fair, the Festival of Nations, and First Night St. Louis. Their “Sonic Safari” Workshops and Community Outreach Programs in schools have been recognized with support from the National Endowment of the Arts, the PNC Arts Alive program, private foundation support, and regional support through local corporations such as Boeing, Enterprise, and the Missouri Arts Council, the Regional Arts Commission and the Arts and Education Council.

Tickets are available the day of the concert for a suggested donation of $15. Books, music, and CD's will also be available for sale at the concert from African Music Publishers to support the Performing Arts Series of Union Memorial United Methodist Church. For more information, call African Musical Arts at (313) 652-6800. 

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