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Jan 11 2019

Documenting the Sounds of Africa: Wondem Band in Concert

Lani Hall

Concert as part of Documenting the Sounds of Africa: Archiving, Instruments, and Researching the Local—Symposium Celebrating the Re-opening of the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive and Honoring the Work of Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje.  LEARN MORE

Featuring members of the UCLA West African and Afro-Cuban Ensembles and Wondem Band

Members of the UCLA West African and Afro-Cuban Ensembles will perform traditional repertoires from Ghana, including fontomfron, atumpan, and adowa. The Wondem Band (“wondem” means “brother” in Amharic) will perform an East African-influenced mix of Ethiopian jazz, Sudanese soul, and traditional secular music from Somalia and Eritrea. Their music is featured on Wondem, band leader Dexter Story's debut Soundway Records album. Story is celebrating the release of his new album Bahir in February 2019 and pursuing graduate work in African Studies and ethnomusicology at UCLA to expand his music-related research of the Horn of Africa.

“Documenting the Sounds of Africa” celebrates the re-opening of the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive after the recent renovations. It is also a way to honor Professor Emerita Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje, who was Director of the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive from 2000 to 2007, and whose work has focused on African-American and African music.

**NOTE: This concert is at capacity - as noted below and in the Eventbrite page, RSVPs do not guarantee entry but receive priority up until 15 minutes before the event, at which point we will start releasing the seats to the wait-list. You may email me at ethnopub@schoolofmusic.ucla.edu to be put on the wait-list, however standby (wait-list) is on a first come, first seated basis. Early arrival is recommended.

Register in advance for this event. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event.

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This event is FREE! No RSVP required. Early arrival is recommended.


Self-service parking is available at UCLA’s Parking Structure #2 for events in Schoenberg Music Building and the Evelyn and Mo Ostin Music Center. Costs range from $1 for 20 minutes to $20 all day. Learn more about campus parking.


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Food and drink may not be carried into the theaters. Thank you!


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