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Jabali Afrika will bring its original sound from its own unique mixture and special fusion of African rhythms to Lakeland College as part of the Krueger Fine Arts Series on Friday, Sept. 26.
Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. performance are $25 for adults and $15 for non-Lakeland students. Reserved seats can be obtained by contacting Deb Fale at (920) 565-1536 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Originating from Kenya in east Africa, this is a truly multi-faceted band whose members are not only adept at composing songs, playing a variety of instruments and blending their voices into a harmonious sound, but are also talented dancers and choreographers.
The band has toured Europe and Japan extensively, played at several major U.S. festivals, including the HORDE festival in 1996, and appeared on "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood," "Good Morning America," BET and MTV.
In addition, Jabali Afrika has performed at the Reebok Human Right Awards at the Winter Olympics Games 2002 in Salt Lake City, and was featured in the Marley Magic tour in honor of the late Bob Marley.
The band's origin can be traced to the Kenya National Theatre Dance Troupe. In 1993, feeling unnecessarily censored, some of the members of the troupe became dissatisfied with the choices in their repertoire. In their frustration, five of them broke away from the troupe and formed what is known today as Jabali Afrika. Jabali is Kiswahili (Kenya's national language) for rock.
Jabali Afrika is the most successful band from Kenya, performing more than 250 shows per year and having independently sold more than 70,000 records. The band has released two CDs in Europe, and three in the United States entitled "Journey," "Remember the Past" and "Rootsganza."