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Boite Millennium Chorus celebrates African music

13 Aug 2015

Boite Millennium Chorus celebrates African music Image

From ancient songs to contemporary fusion, the Boite Millennium Chorus will perform its concert One Africa at Hamer Hall in Southbank on August 30, in what will be a celebration of Africa.

More than 350 voices will fill Hamer Hall with songs, stories, music and dance featuring the renowned chorus and a brilliant line-up of supporting artists.

Special guests will include the Emmy Award-winning director of the Soweto Gospel Choir Jimmy Mulovhedzi (South Africa) along with Ajak Kwai (Sudan), Bouly Sonko (Senegal), Oumy Sene Sonko (Senegal), the Burundi Drummers Group of Victoria and many more.

It will be directed by Senegalese musician Lamine Sonko in collaboration with choir director Andrea Khoza. Mr Sonko said One Africa was an adventurous vocal journey traversing the ancient African traditions of the Griots and the colourful fusion of the contemporary African diaspora.

“Growing up in Senegal and in a family of Griots, I was surrounded by music and dance and that’s why I have an obligation to pass on my music and stories to future generations,” he said.

“Following the success of last year’s concert I am excited to be able to share the meaning of my music with the Melbourne audience once again.”

Each year the Boite Millennium Chorus encourages up to 400 singers from across Victoria to become part of the massive participatory project.

10 weeks of rehearsals, at venues all around Victoria culminate in a grand concert, where hundreds of performers raise their voices to celebrate cultural diversity.

To find out how you can experience this year’s concert at the Arts Centre’s Hamer Hall, Southbank visit
www.artscentremelbourne.com.au

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