n-Negra-300×201.jpg” alt=”" width=”300″ height=”201″ />NASHVILLE (TSU News Service) – The sounds of Afro-Colombian music blended with hip-hop and dancehall will echo throughout the Tennessee State University campus when the high-energy group, Explosion Negra visits the campus October 8-13.
Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and International Affairs, Music Department, the Department of Languages, Literature and Philosophy, and Department of History, Geography and Political Science, Explosion Negra will visit classrooms to discuss the diversity of music, Afro practices of the Colombia, and the political and social structure in the New Colombia.
Explosion Negra reside in Medellin, Colombia and represent the modern evolution of Colombia’s rich and largely untapped musical heritage. The group’s principal members come from the Pacific coastal region of Chocó, where a strong African heritage breathes life into such local rhythms as bunde, chirimia and currulao.
“We have a vibrant diversity program at Tennessee State University,” said Dr. Jewell Winn, chief diversity officer. “We are excited to welcome this group to campus to share their music and their country’s culture.”
Events during the week include:
Monday, October 8
- 9:10-10:05 a.m., Poag Auditorium, Explosion Negra experiences & Afro culture in Colombia
- 10:20 – 11:15 a.m., Poag Auditorium, Afro culture in Colombia and sounds of the Pacific coast/diaspora, & traditions, customs, Afro practices of the Colombian Pacific coast
- 11:30 – 12:25 p.m., POAG Auditorium, Diversity of music, Afro culture, experiences of Explosion Negra
- 1 – 1:50 p.m., Crouch Hall room 207, Politics & Social Structure in the New Colombia
- 2:05 – 2:55 p.m., Crouch Hall room 207, Politics & Social Structure in the New Colombia
Tuesday, October 9th
- 11:20 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., POAG Auditorium, Afro culture in Colombia & sounds of the Pacific coast/diaspora, & traditions, customs, Afro practices of the Colombian Pacific coast
- 1 – 2:25 p.m., POAG Auditorium, Diversity of music, Afro culture, experiences of Explosion Negra
- 3 – 4 p.m., Performing Arts Center’s Goins Recital Hall, Commercial Music Performance seminar workshop: the “tambora” and “guasa” percussion instruments from the Colombian Pacific coast/diversity in the music Atlantic coast/northern Pacific coast and southern Pacific coast of Colombia
Wednesday, October 10
Colombian Culture Day
- 11 a.m. -12:45 p.m. Concert on the Yard
Spanish students will give poster presentations on facets of Colombian culture, which will be judged by foreign language faculty. Prizes will be given.
- 12:25 – 2:45 p.m., Poag Auditorium, Service to Leadership class presentation
Thursday, October 11
- 11 a.m. Multicultural Center Grand Opening (Located in Goodwill Manor)
Saturday, October 13
- 11 a.m. – noon, POAG Auditorium, Concert, SEMAA Performance
For more information, contact Arlene Nicholas-Phillips at 615-963-7427 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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