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Women’s Singing Traditions March 19, 2011 8:00pm

Adjaratou Tapani Demba
Adjaratou Tapani Demba

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News Release Date: March 1, 2011
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.

Aoife Clancybrings a refreshing new voice to traditional Irish songs, ballads, and recitations. Originally from County Tipperary, Ireland, Aoife was brought up in a family steeped in music and poetry, which her father Bobby Clancy passed down to her. She is a former member of the popular "Cherish the Ladies," one of the most sought-after Irish American groups in history. Now with seven recordings under her belt in the last decade, Aoife has clearly established herself as one of the divas of Irish folk music. Accompanying herself on the Irish bodhran (drum), Aoife will be joined by Shannon Heaton on flute and All-Ireland champion stepdancer Jaclyn O'Riley.

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?

Factory Bell, Lowell, MA

The factory bells dominated daily life in Lowell. They woke the workers at 4:30 a.m., called them into the mill at 4:50, rang them out for breakfast and back in, out and in for dinner, out again at 7 p.m. at the day's close. The whole city, it seemed, moved together and did the mills' bidding.