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N'Namdi Center Abstract Music Series featuring Pamela Wise and Salim Washington: Double Africentric Treats Staff Pick

When: Sat., Jan. 11, 8 p.m. 2020
Price: $25+
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, current events, and, much of the time, makes music that pays homage to her ancestors through Afrocuban beats, jazz elements, and storytelling. Though she often hears an entire composition intended for 7-8 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, Marion Hayden, as well as a dance performance by Candice Johnson paired with spoken word by Mbiyu Chui.

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