Concert as part of Documenting the Sounds of Africa: Archiving, Instruments, and Researching the Local—Symposium Celebrating the Re-opening of the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive and Honoring the Work of Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje. LEARN MORE
Featuring members of the UCLA West African and Afro-Cuban Ensembles and Wondem Band
Members of the UCLA West African and Afro-Cuban Ensembles will perform traditional repertoires from Ghana, including fontomfron, atumpan, and adowa. The Wondem Band (“wondem” means “brother” in Amharic) will perform an East African-influenced mix of Ethiopian jazz, Sudanese soul, and traditional secular music from Somalia and Eritrea. Their music is featured on Wondem, band leader Dexter Story's debut Soundway Records album. Story is celebrating the release of his new album Bahir in February 2019 and pursuing graduate work in African Studies and ethnomusicology at UCLA to expand his music-related research of the Horn of Africa.
“Documenting the Sounds of Africa” celebrates the re-opening of the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive after the recent renovations. It is also a way to honor Professor Emerita Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje, who was Director of the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive from 2000 to 2007, and whose work has focused on African-American and African music.
**NOTE: This concert is at capacity - as noted below and in the Eventbrite page, RSVPs do not guarantee entry but receive priority up until 15 minutes before the event, at which point we will start releasing the seats to the wait-list. You may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on the wait-list, however standby (wait-list) is on a first come, first seated basis. Early arrival is recommended.