Spurlock Museum WorldFest: Qwanqwa

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Event Date: 
June 23, 2021 - 8:00am
online video premiere

The Spurlock Museum’s 15th annual WorldFest, a celebration of the variety of performance arts practiced around the world, is being held virtually with the release of 3 performance videos. The June 23 video for Qwanqwa can be accessed here: https://www.spurlock.illinois.edu/events/event.php?ID=2017

The June 23 video features the group Qwanqwa, in which the members perform songs and dances from Ethiopia. The style of singing in this video is Azmari. Azmaris are an ethnic subgroup of the northern Ethiopian Amhara people, known to be the keepers of musical traditions, similar to Griots or Troubadours. The word Qwanqwa means "language" in Amharic, and by choosing this name the group is bringing to life the concept of music as a universal language.

The Spurlock Museum acknowledges support from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Free - Online Event
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