February 11, 1997

Black Voices to Perform at Middlebury College

On Friday and Saturday, February 14 and 15, the Middlebury College Concert Series will present a performance by Black Voices, a British-born Caribbean a cappella quintet.

Formed in 1989, the women in the quintet-Sandra Francis, Joan Hamilton, Janet Wilks, and Ndidiamaka Iweanyam-have performed throughout Europe, Africa, and North America. Within a short time, the group has firmly established itself as a leading performance company. Their music is moving and inspiring; it reflects the life of the international black community and speaks to all who suffer pain, who fight against injustice, and who persevere and triumph. The music of Black Voices has as much meaning for the struggles in Eastern Europe as it does for those in the Caribbean, Africa, America or India.

In addition to their heavy touring schedule, the group has produced two series for BBC Radio 2, featured in a Brazilian TV concert series, and appeared on numerous radio and TV programs throughout Europe. Their first CDs, No Additives and Women in (E)motion, have received great critical acclaim; their third recording will soon be released.

In attempting to share more than their music, Black Voices supports several social welfare programs in Africa and the Caribbean. As the world situation in many countries is deteriorating rapidly, they believe that they cannot simply sing about injustice and oppression without attempting to be part of the solution.

The performance will be held at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall in Middlebury College's Center for the Arts. Tickets for the concert, which is sponsored by the Middlebury College Concert Series and PALANA, are $9 general admission. Please call 802-442-6433 to order tickets.