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Warner Theatre
513 13th Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20004
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The group’s new program — fresh from its debut at Jazz at Lincoln Center —celebrates the music of legendary songstresses Nina Simone, Odetta, and Miriam Makeba.

Nicknamed Mama Africa, Makeba was a Grammy Award-winning South African singer and civil rights activist. Makeba and Odetta died within three weeks of one another in 2008.

The concert also includes songs by civil rights activist and jazz singer Abbey Lincoln, who died in August 2011. Among the familiar songs concert goers will hear will be Odetta‟s “ I‟m on My Way to Freedom Land,” and “Can‟t Afford to Lose my Man,” Nina Simone‟s “Trouble in Mind” and “Feelin‟ Good,” and Miriam Makeba‟s “Shuku Shuka” and “Pata Pata.”

“This project honors the legacy of these amazing women who have had profound influence on each of us as women of African descent, cultural artists, activists and singer-songwriters,” said Sweet Honey In The Rock member Carol Maillard.

Sweet Honey will be joined by a jazz trio, and each singer will perform two solos they have personally adapted, sometimes prefacing the performance with a brief explanatory story. Sweet Honey favorites will also be part of the mix.

About the Ticket Supplier: Washington Performing Arts Society

For 40 years Washington Performing Arts Society has created profound opportunities by connecting the community to artists, in both education and performance. Through live events in venues that criss-cross the landscape of the D.C. metropolitan area, WPAS invites all to share lifelong opportunities to deepen their cultural knowledge, enrich their lives, and expand their understanding of the world through the universal language of the performing arts.

Established in 1965 by impresario Patrick Hayes, the organization flourished under Douglas Wheeler from 1982 to 2002. Now with the inspired leadership of President Neale Perl, Washington Performing Arts Society continues to be widely recognized as one of the leading presenters of the performing arts in the nation.