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Pacific hosts African musical group

Photo Credit: COURTESY PHOTO - Voices of Africa has visited Pacific Universitys Forest Grove campus before, but the group has been experimenting with new faces and new energy since then. The nationally acclaimed female musical group, “Voices of Africa,” is coming to Washington County.

The group will perform Thursday, Oct. 16, in the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center, 2014 Cedar St. in Forest Grove. The performance is set for 7:30 to 9 p.m. and is free to students and $5 for members of the public.

The group has been traveling around the world for 25 years, working with a variety of committed African cultural artists. These women artists share the power and joy of music through traditional African and African American songs, message music, gospel, inspirational and healing percussion rhythm.

Audience members are also called on to participate in learning African drumming rhythms. Group members often grab audience members to actively participate in making the music, as is tradition in African societies.

“When we perform the spirit starts moving,” says Nana Agyiriwah, a Voices of Africa member. 

The group takes a Zimbabwean proverb to heart: “If you can walk, you can dance; if you can talk, you can sing.”

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