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‘Voice of the Comoros’ tour includes free OHIO concert

The sounds of the Indian Ocean will permeate Athens next week as Comorian musician and singer/songwriter Nawal performs at Ohio University as part of her 2011 U.S. tour.

The free concert will take place Friday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ridges Auditorium, marking Nawal’s second visit to Athens.
Steve Howard, director of the African Studies Program and graduate chair of the Center for International Studies, is a fan of Nawal’s music and was instrumental in bringing her to campus.

"She is a deeply spiritual and accessible singer whose music touches a great swath of the cultures around the Indian Ocean," he said.

According to Howard, African Studies and the School of Music are inaugurating African Music Month 2011 with this performance from Nawal.
Paschal Yao Younge, associate professor of Multicultural Music Education, believes Nawal’s visit will expose OHIO students to new ways of conceptualizing music.

"Nawal’s band will open up new avenues of creativity, expression and aesthetic appreciation of global art forms to our students," he said. "Most importantly, I believe our students will be introduced to a great variety of musical sounds and thereby expand their musical experience in addition to learning to understand that many areas of the world have 'music' as sophisticated as their own."

In addition to the concert, an interactive workshop will be held on Friday, Sept. 30, at 1 p.m. in the Ridges Auditorium.
"This will be an opportunity for students, especially performance majors in the arts, to interact with a multi-instrumentalist and international self-produced performing artist who has performed professionally for the past 25 years," said Younge.

Both the concert and workshop are made possible by Ohio University’s Title VI National Resource Center for African Studies funded by the U.S. Department of Education and housed in the Center for International Studies.

For more information on Nawal and her music, visit http://www.nawali.com/.