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Jabali Afrika to Perform

Posted Feb. 11, 2011

Jabali Afrika will present an African music and dance performance at Kent State University at Tuscarawas on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Sponsored by the Artist/Lecture Series, the event is free and open to the public, however tickets are required and will be available beginning Feb. 15 at the Performing Arts Center Box Office, which is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are limited to four per person and must be picked up in person. They will not be available online.  The theatre doors open at 6:30 p.m. Kent State Tuscarawas is located at 330 University Dr NE, in New Philadelphia.

Jabali Afrika, from east Africa's Kenya, is a multi-faceted group with its own unique mixture of fusion and African rhythms. Original compositions and traditional African rhythms come alive on a wide variety of instruments, accompanied by vocal harmonies that form the foundation of modern rock, jazz, blues and more. The six band members are also talented dancers and choreographers. They perform more than 250 shows per year and have also released five CDs.

Jabali Afrika became well known when the band was invited to play percussion on the United Radio and Television Network of Africa (URTNA) awards. Not long after, the band launched its unique sound on

Nairobi 's National Talent Search (Star Search). They went on to win the best traditional adaptation award in Kenya in December 1994, earning them recognition across Africa and Europe. In the spring of 1995, the band was invited to headline the African Heritage Festival tour of Germany and Austria, which stopped at more than 40 cities.

To date, Jabali Afrika has toured extensively in Europe, Japan and the United States. In 2009, they performed at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, which was part of a three-day festival celebrating the inauguration of President Barack Obama. They also performed at the Reebok Human Right Awards at the 2002 Winter Olympics Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. Other engagements include major festivals such as the HORDE festival in 1996, and appearances on "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," "Good Morning America," BET, MTV and many other domestic and international television programs including the British Broadcasting Service (BBC) and Radio France International.

Media Contact:

Pam Patacca, 330.308.7473

Kent State University at Tuscarawas

Feb. 11, 2011