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Passport Series Spring 2018

Passport to Worlds of Music Spring Series 2018

The Center for World Music is pleased to announce an informal concert series of classical and folk music traditions that will immerse you in the sounds, aesthetics, cultural background, and meaning of music from a diverse selection of cultures from around the world.

Download the 2018 Passport to Worlds of Music Spring Series Flyer.


Saturday, February 17, 2018 – 7:00 PM
From Ireland to San Diego
The Máirtín de Cógáin Project
La Jolla

 

 


Sheela BringiSunday, March 4, 2018 – 7:00 PM
Raga, Roots & Re-imaginings
Sheela Bringi with Clinton Patterson
& Miles Shrewsbery
Encinitas

 


Merja SoriaSaturday, March 24, 2018 – 7:00 PM
Singing the Ancient Memories
of Finland

Merja Soria
La Jolla

 


Dornob TrioSaturday, April 21, 2018 – 7:00 PM
Classical and Folk Music of Iran
The Dornob Trio
La Jolla

 

 


Nomsa Burkhardt

Saturday, May 19, 2018 – 7:00 PM
Traditional Zulu Song, Dance,
& Stories

Nomsa Burkhardt
La Jolla

 


Venues

Kalabash School of Music and the Arts
5725 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037

Encinitas Branch Library, Community Room
540 Cornish Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024

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Financial support is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.
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Pete Playing Mbira in Cusco, Peru

Traditional Music of Africa

Mbira Music of the Shona People

Join us for a free lecture and short concert, featuring the mbira (thumb piano) music of Zimbabwe. Lewis Peterman, our guide, was director of musicology and ethnomusicology in the School of Music and Dance at San Diego State University prior to his retirement. Past president of the Center for World Music, he performs both early European music on period instruments and traditional Shona mbira music from Zimbabwe.

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October Southern California Mbira Player Get-Together

Advanced mbira players from around Southern California gather to celebrate and play this extraordinary instrument.

Admission is free, but space is limited. Bring your instrument(s). Please RSVP to Lewis Peterman to reserve your space and get directions to the venue.

Download the flyer here.

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Nomsa Burkhardt

Traditional Zulu Song, Dance & Stories

Traditional Zulu Song, Dance & Stories is the final concert in the Center for World Music’s Passport to Worlds of Music Spring 2018 series.

Traditional Zulu Song, Dance & Stories

Nomsa Burkhardt and Bongani Makatini perform traditional Zulu drumming, songs, and dance, intertwined with stories of the rich Zulu heritage and culture.

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Nomsa Burkhardt

Born in Soweto, Nomsa Burkhardt is an extraordinary South African musician and dancer. She spent her formative years in KwaZulu Natal, a region famous for its rich Zulu heritage and culture. There, she studied various traditional dance styles with master dancers, such as Indlamu, ukuQhobosha, and ukuSina. After immigrating to Philadelphia, she co-founded the African dance troupe HIMOSHA. Her artistic skills and passion for dance quickly propelled her into serving as both the director and lead choreographer for the troupe for seven years. She collaborated with well-known, Philadelphia-based South African multi-instrumentalist and artist Mogauwane Mahloele at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Walt Whitman Cultural Arts Center, and at many universities and schools. She also performed and conducted workshops annually at the Philly Dance Africa Project.

In 2000 she returned to South Africa to study with the accomplished ethnomusicologist Prof. Meki Nzewi at the University of Pretoria. Upon her return to the USA in 2004, she joined the Grammy-nominated South African band Sharon Katz & The Peace Train. As part of the Peace Train Project at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, Nomsa was instrumental in developing a teacher-training program that focused on South African history and conducted a series of educational performances. Nomsa has toured throughout the USA, South Africa, Israel, Italy, and Germany. She is the co-founder of IZINDE, an Afro-fusion band composed of performing artists from around the world.

 

Bongani Makatini

Bongani Makatini was born in Soweto Township of Johannesburg, South Africa, and was exposed to the arts at an early age. His mother, a social worker in the township, ran a youth center that brought the arts to the community.

Bongani started his performance career at age 12. He co-starred with veteran actress Marah Louw in a stage production called Isivumelwane, which toured several cities of Southern Africa. He was a cast member of Porgy & Bess, which was staged in Johannesburg’s iconic Alhambra Theatre.

Bongani moved to the United States in 1983. Since relocating, Bongani has directed and performed traditional dance with The Shaka Zulu Generation dance group at the Apollo Theater. Under the sponsorship of the Juilliard School of Music, Bongani presented folk dance and storytelling performances in K–12 New York City Public Schools in the mid-nineties.

Most recently, Bongani staged performances on college campuses for special occasions and celebrations such as Black History Month, and cultural events in New Jersey and in San Diego, California.

Program

This program will be an intimate mini-concert, providing the audience opportunity to interact with the artist.

6:30 pm – Doors open. Light refreshments served prior to the performance.
7:00 pm – Performance begins.

This is a casual BYOB event. Feel free to bring wine for yourself and your friends.

We highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance. Because of the intimate and informal nature of the space, seating is limited to 35 guests. A small number of tickets will be sold at the door.

Tickets $20
Online Processing Fee $2

Financial support is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.
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Matrida Umoja

Songs and Stories: Voices of Hope from Africa

The Songs and Stories series aims to highlight musicians and artists from within San Diego’s refugee communities. Through lively performances and real conversations, the CWM hopes to immerse audiences in the cultures and journeys of a seldom-heard segment of the vibrant and diverse fabric of San Diego’s population.


Voices of Hope from Africa

Join us at the San Diego Central Library, Neil Morgan Auditorium, for this lively presentation and discussion on the meaning and power of music and the performing arts.

Matrida Boazi  Vocalist

Matrida Umoja

Matrida Boazi is a member of the Matrida Umoja Band, a Congolese refugee musical group. She sings in Swahili, English, and other African languages. Although her original band members still live in the Nyarugusu Refugee Camp in the Kigoma region of Tanzania, they continue to produce new music by sending digital files back and forth.

Matrida moved to the San Diego with her children in 2016 as part of the UN’s refugee assistance program. She now performs with a local band composed of Congolese friends. Her joyous music delights audiences and gets them up on their feet to dance, smile, laugh, sing and experience the beauty of “umoja” (unity) together.

Read more about the Matrida Umoja Band online.


Revelation Gospel Band, San Diego –
 Choir

The Revelation Band

The Revelation Gospel Band is composed of individuals from throughout East and Central Africa. These up-and-coming musicians bring together great talent and amazing energy to offer a message of hope to all audiences. Read more about the Revelation Gospel Band, San Diego.

Emmanuel Adamson – Storyteller, spoken word poet, and translator

Emmanuel AdamsonEmmanuel Adamson was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo and was raised in Tanzania after losing his whole family due to the ethnic war in Congo. In Tanzania, he attended Luundo College and earned his diploma in biochemistry. He also dedicated his time to mentoring children, especially orphans. He moved to the United States in 2010, where he faced a lot of challenges and breakthroughs. He first started living in San Jose and later moved to San Diego where he started school at San Diego City College and earned his A.A. in sociology. Later, he studied at California State University, Dominguez Hills, where he recently earned his B.A. in sociology. Emmanuel works several jobs and volunteers with several non-profit organizations. He has a passion for refugees throughout San Diego, helping to transform their lives and become self-sufficient. In all these experiences Emmanuel maintains a humor and a talent for storytelling, primarily based on social issues that people are facing on a daily basis. Fluent in five languages, Emmanuel is married to Grace Paulo Matthew, and together they have a handsome one-year-old boy named Meshach.

Delores Fisher, M.A. – Discussant

Delores FisherDelores Fisher learned gospel music from community musicians and choir directors in Buffalo New York. In the San Diego area, she studied Black sacred music performance practices with Jeanette Rogers, Charles Ray, Don Bogart, Dr. Glenn Jones, Louise Pearson, and Sharletta Richardson. She is early morning Praise Team pianist at East Village Community Church and pianist/choir director at El Shaddai Christian Ministries. Prof. Jean Wesson and Dr. Eddie Meadows nurtured her current research in Black folk and classical music scholarship. Ms. Fisher teaches and performs historic Black folk music and lectures on its socio-cultural historical contexts. She holds a B.A. in the humanities and an M.A. in music (musicology). In San Diego State University’s Department of Africana Studies, she lectures on African-American music. A poet and musician, she blends Black music styles with spoken word eclectic soundscapes. Her credits include theatrical productions, cable TV, and two CD soundscapes for poet Jim Moreno: “Palms Up” on A Question From Love, and “Encounter In Reno” on Reversing the Erased, Exhuming the Expunged.

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This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org.  Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of California Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This project was also made possible with matching funds from the Peacemakers Fund and through a partnership with the San Diego Public Library system.

Financial support is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.

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Songs & Stories: Refugee Artists in San Diego

Songs & Stories: Refugee Artists in San Diego

The Center for World Music announces Songs and Stories: Refugee Artists in San Diego, a concert series that will highlight musicians and artists from within San Diego’s refugee communities.


Matrida Umoja

Saturday, June 9, 2018 – 2:00 PM
Voices of Hope From Africa
San Diego Central Library, Neil Morgan Auditorium
330 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101

 

 

 

Dlan DarySaturday, June 16, 2018 – 2:00 PM
Musicians of the Middle East
Logan Heights Branch Library
567 S 28th St., San Diego, CA 92113

 

 

 

Iraqi Refugee Women's CircleThursday, June 21, 2018 – 7:00 PM
Make Music Day/World Music Day Event
Transformation through Rhythm & Word
City Heights/Weingart Library and Performance Annex
3795 Fairmount Ave., San Diego, CA 92105

 


This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org.  Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of California Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This project was also made possible with matching funds from the Peacemakers Fund and through a partnership with the San Diego Public Library system.

Financial support is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.

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Mbira Keys

June Southern California Mbira Player Get-Together

Advanced mbira players from around Southern California gather to celebrate and play this extraordinary instrument.

Admission is free, but space is limited. Bring your instrument(s). Please RSVP to Lewis Peterman to reserve your space and get directions to the venue.

SD Commission for Arts and Culture

Mbira Keys

September Southern California Mbira Player Get-Together

Advanced mbira players from around Southern California gather to celebrate and play this extraordinary instrument.

Admission is free, but space is limited. Bring your instrument(s). Please RSVP to Lewis Peterman to reserve your space and get directions to the venue.

 

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Music From Zimbabwe: A Fall Celebration

Three San Diego musicians celebrate the beginning of Fall with an informal house concert of traditional mbira music from Zimbabwe. Admission is free, but space is limited. Please RSVP to Lewis Peterman to reserve your space and get directions to the venue.

Pete and Randy Play Mbira

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Lucibela, Cape Verde’s Voice of Gold

This is the first in a six-concert series comprising the Center for World Music’s 2019-20 Season. 

Lucibela, Cape Verde’s Voice of Gold

“Ever since the death of legendary diva Cesária Évora in 2011, the world has been waiting for another Cape Verdean singer with her sublime poise and emotional power. We may have just found her in Lucibela”

—Banning Eyre, All Things Considered NPR.

Lucibela Album CoverLucibela is a young Cabo-Verdean born in 1986 on São Nicolau, one of the Barlavento islands off the coast of West Africa. Her voice has been compared to a friendly smile or a fresh breeze ruffling through bougainvillea blooms. The title of her first album, Laço Umbilical, suggests a cord linking the singer to her homeland. Over its 13 tracks, Lucibela reflects on being Cabo-Verdean woman far away from home who loves with sensuality and grace. The secret of Lucibela’s extraordinary vocal technique lies in her ability to explore the deep register of Brazil’s great samba musicians while adding a thrilling vibrato.

Composed by old masters such as Manuel de Novas, the traditional song repertoire that Lucibela champions spans decades. At the same time, Lucibela belongs to a new, uninhibited generation. Her music combines the instrumental cornucopia of the Cape Verde islands—including, for example, the 6-string guitar, the Portuguese cavaquinho guitar, the saxophone, accordion, and violin)—with contemporary electronic embellishments.

Lucibela grew up in Mindelo on the Cape Verde island of São Vicente. This port town became her “musical paradise,” thanks to the Brazilian, Cuban, British, and Portuguese sailors who sowed the seeds of the Creole musical genres morna and coladera in the islands.Click this button to purchase ticketsBeneath Lucibela’s sweet, smiling exterior is a woman who has also experienced life’s hardships. When she was in the last year of high school, her mother died and left the family destitute. Forced to earn a living, Lucibela began singing in the hotels and bars of Mindelo, frequented by tourists who wanted to hear local songs.

Lucibela smiling in an alleyEventually, Lucibela joined the band Mindel Som and left for the island of Sal, where she performed at the historic Hotel Morabeza. She was then offered a contract to sing on the sand dune island of Boa Vista. There, she worked hard to develop her vocal technique, repertoire, and musical skills for winning over audiences. In 2012 she moved to the capital city of Cape Verde, Praia, where she collaborated with well-known Cape Verdean guitarist Kaku Alves.

Lucibela recently moved to Lisbon, Portugal. She continues to hone her musical skills, remaining connected to the authenticity of her music by performing face-to-face in public squares and on the streets.

(Biography written by Véronique Mortaigne, edited by Center for World Music)

We invite you to visit Lucibela’s website and view her videos on YouTube.  Please download the flyer or visit the Facebook event page and consider sharing it!


Tickets
$30 Advanced with $2 Online Processing Fee | $35 Door (cash only)

Parking
The WorldBeat Cultural Center is located at 2100 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101. The Estacionamento Balboa Park Parking Lot is located directly across the street at Inspiration Point Way.  Please use crosswalks to safely cross Park Blvd.

Program
5:30 PM Doors Open. Enjoy vegan and foods from across the globe at the WorldBeat Cafe.
6:00 PM Concert Starts.

Lucibela will be accompanied at this performance by a live band.


Special thanks to the Worldview Project and the Worldbeat Cultural Center for partnering on this event.
Financial support is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.

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