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.