Still Black, Still Proud: An African Tribute to James Brown with Pee Wee Ellis and Vusi Mahlasela
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The "Ring of Kerry" encircles that part of Ireland where the mountains are higher, the greens are deeper and the Irish spirit is at its most rugged and invigorating. Thus, it's the perfect name for this Irish music group, beloved for its hearty and evocative take on Celtic music. All five members sing and play several instruments, including Irish classics like the bodhran drum and penny whistle as well as more American additions like guitar and hammered dulcimer. The resulting sound can swell with the foot-stomping blast of a drinking song ... or grow quiet for a tear-jerking ballad of which the Irish (and just about everybody else) are so fond. Now this remarkable ensemble that floored Garrison Keillor -- a man who has heard his share of Celtic music and then some -- comes to perform at the Maplewood Performing Arts Theatre . Learn More
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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 Music Theatre stage and Concert Hall, opening March 2015.