Second Next 50 Concert this Friday: African Music

Anzanga Marimba, 2008 Joanne Lauterjung
Anzanga Marimba, 2008 Joanne Lauterjung
Anzanga Marimba, 2008 Joanne Lauterjung
Anzanga Marimba, 2008 Joanne Lauterjung

A World of Music: African Music
The second Touring Arts Roster showcase concert  

Friday, September 28
7:30 – 9:30 pm
Seattle Center Playhouse

Join us Friday for the second in the concert series  “A World of Music,”  at Seattle Center Playhouse, presented n partnership with Seattle Center’s Next 50 Celebration and featuring  4Culture’s Touring Arts Roster artists. Latin music was featured on September 21st. The last two concerts in the series will take place on  Thursday, October 4 featuring Music from Asia and Friday, October 5th featuring European Music.

All tickets to A World of Music concerts are  “Pay-what-you-Can”, through TicketMaster or at the Playhouse box office.

Franchesska Berry & Caravanes is a dance and music performance featuring dancers Franchesska Berry and Kemet Sims-Parker and a group of world class drummers and instrumentalists. Franchesska is a Fulbright Scholar of dance and a Cultural Ambassadress to Senegal. There will be Senegalese master drummers Thione Diop and his brother Gora and renowned percussionists Tor Dietrichson and Ernesto Pediangco. Playing also on some Tor Dietrichson compositions from his recording and band Global Village will be the world renowned violinist Steve Kindler on the electric nine string violin. He has worked in Classical, Jazz, Rock, Latin and East-Indian settings including under Leonard Bernstein. Also featured are the amazing guitarist Leif Totusek, bassist Jeff Volkman and Marcus Duke on keyboards. They will perform the Dietrichson compositions Shadow Puppets, Khartoum and Global Village.


Suzanna and Friends

A collaboration of world class performers share the timeless music and dance of North Africa and the Middle East. In this concert, Suzanna brings together a unique mix of artists and performances to illustrate Egypt’s place on the African continent. She is joined by renowned musicians George Sadak (Egyptian percussionist), and Ashraf Kamel (Egyptian keyboardist), Ammar Aziz (violinist of the Iraqi Symphony Orchestra); and dancers Shereen Assadii (Iraqi dancer), members of Y’Chessa Dahli (the NW’s only all-African American belly dance troupe), plus a cameo appearance by  Franchesska Berry!

Suzanna’s presentation of a broad spectrum of dance styles, from traditional to contemporary, provides a cultural framework for understanding the deeper roots of a dance form often popularized as “belly dance.” The special feature on Khaleegy, dance and music originating in the Middle East, also highlights Africa’s surprising influence on other Mid-Eastern styles.


Anzanga Marimba, means “to our friends” and draws its name and music from the rich cultural heritage of Africa. Anzanga plays traditional and contemporary marimba music from Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa and Gambia, plus original compositions created and arranged in an African style by thier director Sheree Seretse. One of only a handful of groups in North America to play this joyful, vibrant music, Azanga Marimba  will entertain, enlighten and inspire all who hear them!

Don’t miss this high energy, joyful celebration of the music of Africa.