Friday, January 10, 2020

N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art to host performance by celebrated Detroit composer Pamela Wise

Staff Pick

Posted By on Fri, Jan 10, 2020 at 6:00 AM

click to enlarge SCREENGRAB / VIMEO
  • Screengrab / Vimeo

For more than three decades, Afrocentric composer Pamela Wise has dedicated herself to expanding the breadth of traditional African music by giving it what she calls a “Detroit spin.”

The 2016 Kresge Arts awardee draws from personal experiences and current events, and, much of the time, she makes music that pays homage to her ancestors through Afro-Cuban beats, jazz elements, and storytelling. Though she often can hear in her mind an entire composition intended for seven to eight players all at once, and has even admitted to keeping a keyboard under her bed for when inspiration strikes, Wise is a true collaborator. For this performance, she’ll be joined by percussionist Chi Amen Ra and South African saxophonist Salim Washington. Also on the bill are Louis M. Jones III, as well as a dance performance by Candice Johnson paired with spoken word by Mbiyu Chui.




Doors open at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11, at N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art; 52 E. Forest Ave., Detroit; 313-831-8700; nnamdicenter.org. Tickets are $25-$35.

Tags: , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Related Locations

Read the Digital Print Issue

June 9, 2021

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit

© 2021 Detroit Metro Times - Contact Us

Website powered by Foundation