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Columbus Welcomes the Creole Choir of Cuba This Tuesday

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by Mark Subel on September 26, 2011

Some of our jazz fans may be interested in an exciting performance set to take place this Tuesday at the Lincoln Theatre. The 10 piece “Creole Choir of Cuba” celebrate in song, the history of their Haitian descendents enslaved to the Caribbean from West Africa. Be prepared to hear something completely different and ‘new’ from Cuba.

The Creole Choir’s ten remarkable singers come from Camagüey, Cuba’s third city, down towards the eastern end of the island. They grew up and studied music in this old colonial town, designated a UNESCO World heritage Site in 2008 for its colonial architecture. They have nurtured music passed down in their families since the early 19th century, gradually adding modern Haitian sounds following their own first visit to a Haitian festival in 1996.

The Creole Choir were founded in 1994 during the ‘Special Period’ when the Cuban economy fell into a black hole following the end of the USSR and of Soviet support for the revolution. Food was short while homes and work places often went dark due to lack of electricity. It was at this difficult time that members of the Professional Choir of Camagüey who were descendents of Haitians, decided to re-forge the resistance songs and laments of their forebears. Lead by their Choir Director Emilia Díaz Chávez, Grupo Vocal Desandann, as they are called in Cuba, revived the songs of their ancestors for modern times. Desandann literally means ‘descendents’ and as the choir say: “For us music is like food, it feeds the spirit and is a major inspiration for everyday life”.

The Creole Choir of Cuba are Rogelio Torriente, Fidel Miranda, Teresita Miranda, Marcelo Luis, Dalio Vital, Emilia Diaz Chavez, Yordanka Fajardo, Irian Montejo, Marina Fernandes, Yara Diaz. Join them on their first US tour as the perform in Columbus this Tuesday September 27th

Creole Choir of Cuba
Tuesday, September 27th 8pm
Lincoln Theatre
Tickets

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