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7 events
3 reviews
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attended Nov 22 2011

This was a phenomenal event. Fantastic music and so much energy in the audience!

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3 reviews
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attended Nov 22 2011

I loved it! It was unique and colorful I would recommend it to all my friends.

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attended Nov 22 2011

LEGENDARY. BEAUTIFUL. so much fun!

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Website

http://ordway.org/performances/1112/still-black-still-proud.asp

Description

Discovering the points at which African and American music strike sparks off each other, Pee Wee Ellis and a host of stars including Vusi Mahlasela, and Cheikh Lo bring James Brown’s revolutionary music full circle in this innovative, rhythm fueled tribute of Afro-funk. As much as the music of Africa influenced Brown’s style, he likewise inspired an entire generation of African artists. Brown’s music was immensely popular, deeply felt and vastly influential in Africa.

Still Black, Still Proud celebrates Brown’s lasting legacy while exploring the deep relationship between soul, funk and modern African music. Pee Wee Ellis says, “Since the beat came from Africa, we wanted to bring it back by way of combining funk with some African rhythms.”

At 6:30pm, Twin Cities-based musicians and scholars will present a discussion on the interconnectedness of African music and American funk as articulated in James Brown’s sound. During the public performance, a dance floor will be available in front of the stage for audience members to use throughout the concert. There will also be a reception in the lobby following the performance that is open to audience members.

About the Ticket Supplier: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

The Ordway, recognized as one of the U.S.'s leading not-for-profit performing arts centers, is home to a wide variety of performances throughout the year that encompass the finest in American musical theater, world music, dance, jazz, and vocal artists on its Main Hall and McKnight Theatre stages.