Women’s Singing Traditions March 19, 2011 8:00pm
Contact: Phil Lupsiewicz, 978-275-1705
Contact: Maggie Holtzberg, 978-275-1719
In celebration of Women's Month, Lowell National Historical Park invites you to a concert of Irish and African music featuring two remarkable female vocalists Aoife Clancy and Adjaratou Tapani Demba. This free concert will take place on Saturday March 19, 2011 at 8:00 pm at St. Anne's Church, 8 Kirk St, Lowell, MA.
Adjaratou Tapani Demba brings us the West African traditional art of praise singing. In her native Mali, she is known as a djeli – a kind of oral historian, peacemaker, and performer who is born into the responsibility of keeping alive and celebrating the history of the Mandé people of Mali, Guinea, and other West African countries. In addition to concerts, Tapani performs at weddings, baptisms, and other domestic ceremonies within the West African immigrant communities of Boston, New York City, and beyond. She will be accompanied by Balla Kouyaté on balaphon (forerunner of the xylophone) and a kora (21-string gourd harp) player.
The evening's performances pay tribute to the rich musical heritage of Lowell's Irish and African communities.
This free program is part of the Lowell Folklife Series and is sponsored by Lowell National Historical Park. Contact Maggie Holtzberg 978.275.1719 for more information. Parking available at John Street Garage or on the street.
Did You Know?
There were female and male overseers in the mills of Lowell in the 19th century. In Rev. Henry Miles' book, Lowell As It Was, and As It Is, he mentions that the Boott Cotton Mills has recently opened a new weave room and it is being overseen by two women overseers. More...