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Afro-Fusion: Appalachia and Malawi
February 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm$15 – $18
Please join us for a special performance featuring a musical collaboration between two artists Andrew Finn (Asheville, NC) and Peter Mawanga (Malawi) who tour blending the traditional sounds of their native continents in exciting original music.
Andrew “Finn the Fiddler” Magill has straddled the tenuous line of “fiddler” and “violinist” for the better part of his thirty years. He plays traditional Irish and American fiddle, old-time and bluegrass, as well as Brazilian genres such as choro music, Forró, samba, and bossa nova. Peter Mawanga is an afro-pop artist and has incorporated many styles into his music such as Malawian instrumentation, Nylon jazz guitar, Mangolongondo (marimba), Sansi (thumb piano) rhythms and singing in Chichewa (Malawian national language),
Andrew Finn met Peter Mawanga in 2009 when Andrew received a Fulbright-MtvU Fellowship to co-write and co-produce an album with Peter that musically captures ten experiences of HIV/AIDS through song in Malawi, Southern Africa.
The result, Mau a Malawi: Stories of AIDS was released on October 14th, 2011 as a multimedia show at the University of North Carolina’s Memorial Hall. Sales from the studio album Mau a Malawi are invested in programs to keep vulnerable Malawian children in school and empower them through the arts.
“The inspiring cross-cultural performances on this beautiful album “Mau A Malawi: Stories of AIDS” remind us of the human cost of this disease as well as the imperative to unite in creating an AIDS-free generation. —Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator