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St. Louis, MO:

In February St. Louis African Chorus presented “AFRICAN TRADITIONS COME ALIVE” to commemorate Black History. Master kora player Alhaji Papa Susso of Gambia, and “balafon maniac” Balla Kouyate of Mali gave command performances at the United Methodist Church, Chesterfield on February 8, and the Missouri History Museum on February 10. On February 16, at the Missouri Botanical Garden, UMOJA AFRICAN ARTS COMPANY of the Congo was featured in the dance theatre “Ancestral Spirits of the Congo.” And on Sunday the 17th the Chorus presented songs, rhythms, and dances of Africa at the Chesterfield Mall.

St. Louis, MO:

The St. Louis African Chorus begins a new series called African Choral Odyssey Series. The African Choral Odyssey Series is a mosaic of vibrant choral music from diverse regions of Africa, and has been designed to educate the public about the diversity of African choral music. Audiences will experience world-class entertainment, and in the process be enriched in the nature and diversity of African choral music. Events scheduled in the inaugural season include joint concerts by the St. Louis African Chorus and the Namibia National Youth Choir, choral director Felix Nassi from Benin Republic, Muungano National Choir of Kenya (tentative), and the incomparable Hewale Sounds of Ghana. Upcoming concerts and ticket information online at www.africanchorus.org/Calendar.htm   

New York, NY:

It is official. The “rumors” about a New York African Chorus were really not rumors. There now exits, in the Big Apple, the world’s Artistic Capital, an independent subsidiary of the St. Louis African Chorus, and its name is: NEW YORK AFRICAN CHORUS (NYAC)! The group is directed by Joyce Adewumi, a foremost soprano and exponent of works by African composers. The New York African Chorus rehearses at 1818-20 Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan. Both St. Louis and New York groups will collaborate to perpetuate the mission of the African Chorus Project. The joint effort will include artists exchange between both cities and the co-presenting of African groups.

Washington, D.C:

The USA pipe organ radio show Pipe Dreams played selections from the Spiritual Fantasy album in February. You can listen to it online at Pipedreams”http://www.pipedreams.org/listings/shows02_02.htm>Pipedreams (go to February listings). This was a momentous occasion for organist Lucius Weathersby, and flutist Wendy Hymes on the CD. Recorded at the 1864 Willis Organ at St. Michael & All Angels Church, Great Torrington, Devon, England, the CD (Albany CD-4409) is available in stores and at www.albanyrecords.com 

 

Toronto, Canada:
The St. Louis African Chorus will be the featured choir at the Toronto International Choral Festival of May 31 - June 22, 2002. Command Concert is scheduled for June 7, at 8:00 PM, and the St. Louis African Chorus will showcase music from Benin Republic, Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Namibia, and South Africa. The thirty-member touring troupe (drawn from St. Louis and New York) will leave for Toronto early June 7.

 

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