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Oliver Mtukudzi & The Black Spirits to Perform at WHBPAC, 3/9

Oliver Mtukudzi & The Black Spirits to Perform at WHBPAC, 3/9

World musician Oliver Mtukudzi & The Black Spirits bring merry music from the heart of Africa to the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on Sunday, March 9 at 8:00 p.m. All tickets are $25 and are available online at www.whbpac.org.

With notoriety akin to world music greats like Hugh Masekela and Angelique Kidjo, this Afropop Hall of Famer's organic mix of traditional ways, pan-African influences, and cosmopolitan pop has become widely known as "Tuku Music." Touring with The Black Spirits in support of his newest release, Sarawoga, "Tuku's" heart-rending roots music is sure to draw you into greater thoughtfulness.

Tuku has weathered storms with his sharp observations and gracious emphasis on the basic human experiences that unite us all: childhood and aging, respect and hope, women's rights and AIDS, community and connection. Revered as both accomplished musician and public figure, Tuku has explored a variety of media over his long, successful career: launched a popular local arts center, mentored countless local musicians, produced musicals, made films, and spoken out in a soft but persuasive way on key issues in Zimbabwean and African society.

Tuku's message-from his first songs protesting colonial injustice to his latest compositions calling for respect and kindness-has always been woven from metaphor. Favoring imagery and small snapshots to sweeping political statements, Tuku sees his lyrics as springing from a deep well of vivid metaphor found in Shona, the majority vernacular language of Zimbabwe, just as his music finds its beginnings in traditional sounds. This more literary approach to expression not only had its aesthetic advantages, but embraces the full ambiguity and complexity of life.

Tickets $25

· On-Line: www.whbpac.org

· Call Box Office: 631-288-1500

· Visit: 76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978

(Wednesday - Sunday, Noon - 6pm and later on show nights.)


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