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Julius Kyakuwa Presents “An Evening in Africa and Beyond”
April 22 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
The South African musician, folklorist, storyteller and educator, Julius Kyakuwa, will present “An Evening in Africa & Beyond” in the Sheffield Auditorium at 5 p.m., Saturday, April 22. The performance is open to the public; suggested donation, $15.
Kyakuwa is a master African drummer and percussionist, as well as an accomplished performer of several indigenous African musical instruments, many of which will be featured in his concert. His concert will include musical pieces performed on the djembe, adungu (Ugandan bow harp), berimbau (Brazilian Capoeira bow), segaba (Botswana tube fiddle), nyatiti (Kenyan lyre), nyunga nyunga Mbira (Zimbabwean finger piano), kantele (Finnish zither), ndere (Ugandan bamboo flute), sikuri (Peruvian chromatic panpipe), kora (Malian 21-string lute-bridge-harp), talking drum (Nigerian hourglass-shaped drum), ocarina (Italian vessel flute) and kalimba (Southern Africa pentatonic finger piano).
Originally from Uganda, East Africa, he received his PhD in Music Education at Louisana State University and his Masters in Music Education from the University of Pretoria – where he also served as a professor of music and artistic director of the university’s African Ensemble. His musical expertise and talents have taken him to Brazil, Finland, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa and Tanzania.
In announcing the performance, FCCOL Senior Minister Steve Jungkeit said, “I believe music has the power to lift the human spirit and understand that Julius, in particular, is a master at engaging others with his works. At our church, music is an integral part of the way we worship. We are so looking forward to Julius sharing his remarkable gifts with us and joining us the following Sunday morning for services.”