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February 4, 2011
Lake Erie College Welcomes Jabali Afrika in Celebration
of Black History Month
(PAINESVILLE, Ohio) – Bringing a mixture of jazz fusion and African rhythms to the stage, the Kenyan band Jabali Afrika returns to Lake Erie College on Monday, February 21 at 8:00 p.m. in the Morley Music Building. Jabali Afrika is a multi-faceted cultural group that tours around the world presenting original compositions and traditional African music.
“Our music makes you dance.It uplifts the soul and it educates you. Coming to a Jabali Afrika performance allows you to become part of the act, because we break that barrier between the audience and the band,” said Joseck Asikoye, Jabali Afrika member.
Performing in the spirit of traditional African music, Jabali Afrika, which means "rock" in Kiswahili, creates unique sounds by combining big vocal harmonies with a variety of African instruments. Justo Otongo, Dumisizwe Bhembe and Victor Savani join Joseck to capture the afro-rock sound that formed the foundation of modern rock, jazz and blues.
The band has toured Europe and Japan extensively and has made its way to the United States. Jabali Afrika has appeared on Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, Good Morning America, BET, MTV and performed at major festivals including the Reebok Human Rights Awards at the Winter Olympic Games 2002 in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Marley Magic tour in honor of the late Bob Marley as well as featured on international media segments with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and Radio France International. Jabali Afrika is Kenya’s most internationally-toured band, performing more than 250 shows each year.
“We’re very excited to welcome Jabali Afrika back to Lake Erie College. They are one of the most entertaining performers we host on campus. Not only is Jabali Afrika a traditional African band, they also have the unique ability to energize audiences of all ages,” said Travis Rose, coordinator of student activities and cultural programs.
The Jabali Afrika performance is free and open to the public; doors open at 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact Travis Rose at Trose@lec.edu.