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 november 9         2017         ferrell hall

 

7:30 PM

image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowMiyomoto is Black Enough
Miyamoto is Black Enough is a collaborative exploration of meaning and conversation, based on Ariana Miyamoto, a Japanese national who grew up as a self-described mixed race “hafu,” the child of an African American father and Japanese mother. After winning Miss Universe Japan 2015, many Japanese expressed concern at her lack of “pure” parentage—that she was not Japanese enough.

In Miyamoto is Black Enough, a contemporary band that boasts two hafu of their own—a Trinidadian-Brooklynite Black man, and an Irish/Finnish/Swedish hip-hop influenced drummer—Miyamoto is certainly Black enough.

This work celebrating Miyamoto’s legacy is a blend of hard driving rhythms and biting social commentary that utilizes steelpan, cello, drums, and poetry/vocals. Drawing from a melange of musical styles, M is Black Enough forms a brash symphony that nods the head, moves the feet, and asks the listener/viewer to challenge and disturb her own comfort. The resulting work is a bold narrative about people, justice, struggle, joy, and celebration.

Miyamoto is both a building frenzy of excitement and a cerebral jaunt through one’s own belief systems, leaning towards a joy that refuses itself unless it is foundation’d in justice.

Four remarkable artists form the cohort that makes this project possible: Andy Akiho as composer and performer on his trademark steelpans; Roger Bonair-Agard with poetry and spoken word; Jeffrey Zeigler as cellist; and Sean Dixon on drums.

Produced by National Sawdust


L to R: Thandeka Moho, Duduzile Sibanda, Joyline Sibanda, Zanele Manhenga, Heather Dube.

Nobuntu is an a cappella ensemble of young women from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, who sing mostly Zimbabwean songs in a traditional, imbube, style with influences of gospel, Afro-Jazz, and recently, Soul. Performing with pure voices, percussion, and authentic dance movements, Nobuntu has been energizing and delighting audiences along this, their first, U. S. tour.

One of the members of Nobuntu had this to say about their musical style: “It (imbube) was associated with men, really, but it was never stated that it could not be done by women. So when we realized that, when we got that information, we thought, ‘Why not do imbube because no women had ever done imbube before.’ … and we decided, no, let’s do this.”
“And we did it and here we are today, very successful.” 
- Duduzile Sibanda, October 28, 2017

The women of Nobuntu are groundbreakers and game changers! Don't miss a chance to hear these new, powerful voices of Zimbabwe.


And excerpt from last week's performance in Sarasota, Florida:

By Richard Storm / Correspondent, Sarasota Herald Tribune, Posted Oct 20, 2017 :   "... the rich voices and exhilarating rhythms, both physical and vocal poured out from the stage to enchant a near-capacity crowd.
Presenting an intriguing mix of traditional and contemporary African music, ranging from folkloric tunes to jazz, gospel and “crossover,”+ the rich voices and rhythmic security of the musicians were a fine example of what can be done with so-called “folkloric” music to create an exciting bridge between our cultures and traditions, while promoting love and unity that easily surmounts long-entrenched racial and economic boundaries."



Thursday, Nov. 9  7:30 PM     NOBUNTU IN CONCERT    Ferrell Hall
WVSU STUDENTS FREE
WVSU EMPLOYEES - $5.00
ALL WVSU TICKETS BECOME AVAILABLE OCTOBER 30 AT CAMPUS LOCATIONS
ADVANCE TICKETS -  $15 (until November 7)
OTHER STUDENTS & SENIORS - $12
TICKETS AT THE DOOR  -  $20
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Contact: culturalactivities@wvstateu.edu or Richard Wolfe (304) 766-3188
 SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL PERFORMANCE 
 - Thursday, Nov. 9.  10:30 AM    Interactive Educational Performance for middle school students.
 
THIS ENGAGEMENT OF NOBUNTU IS FUNDED THROUGH THE MID ATLANTIC TOURS PROGRAM OF MID ATLANTIC ARTS FOUNDATION WITH SUPPORT FROM THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS.



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