Jabali Afrika to Kick Off Spring Arts Alive! Series

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Jabali Afrika will open the series for the spring Arts Alive! at West Virginia Wesleyan College on Thursday, February 6 in the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m.

Jabali Afrika is a truly multi-faceted band with its own unique blend of fusion and African rhythms. The trademark of Jabali Afrika’s sound is powerful percussion and big vocals. Traditional African melodies come alive on a wide variety of instruments accompanied by vocal harmonies that are the foundation of modern Rock, Jazz, Gospel, Blues and more. Add talented dancing and choreography, topped off with stunning African Tribal costumes, and you have a multicultural experience that will leave your entire audience enriched, educated and entertained.

Jabali means “rock” in Kiswahili, Kenya’s national language. Sixteen years ago, the members of Jabali Afrika would meet on a large rock to plan and dream about their musical future. Today their award-winning, innovative mélange of traditional spirituals and rock-reggae arrangements is a pillar of world music festivals and college concerts worldwide.

“Our music makes you dance, it uplifts the soul and it educates you,” said Joseck Asikoye, member of the band.  “Coming to see Jabali Afrika, you become part of the act, because we kill that barrier between the audience and the band.”

Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and students, and free with Wesleyan ID.