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Global Arts: Cultural Literacy & Heritage

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EUROPEAN AND AFRICAN INFLUENCES ON AMERICAN MUSIC

Regions: Africa, Cross Culture, American History
Formats: School Assembly
Genres: Music, Storytelling
Levels: Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12

The performers trace the history of the United States through music, highlighting the universality of music in cultures around the world, as well as pinpointing the origins of certain aspects of our music that were unique to the early Americans from Africa and Great Britain. Audience participation is woven throughout this presentation.

Artists

Linda Russell

Linda Russell

Linda Russell uses voice, mountain and hammered dulcimer to explore history through music. She has appeared in schools and festivals nationwide including Lincoln Center and the Carnegie Hall Folk Festival with Tom Paxton and Mike Seeger. Having been the official balladeer at Federal hall National Memorial for 16 years, she has recorded eight albums of traditional and popular music of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Marsha Perry Starkes

Marsha Perry Starkes

Marsha Perry Starkes is a multifaceted musician who combines traditional African instruments and musical forms with contemporary influences. Her recordings include Bird Lives! Through the Neo Bass Ensemble, Hit It! and Bebop meets Bass. She sings and plays the music of Africa, Latin America, North America, and the Caribbean. Marsha holds a B.S. in Theatre Arts from Marygrove College in Detroit, MI.