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Jabali AfriKa at Park Theatre Wednesday

Jabali AfriKa at Park Theatre Wednesday

McKENZIE — Jabali AfriKa, an Afro-Rock jam band formed by former members of the Kenyan National Theatre, will perform as a showcase event as part of Bethel University’s Black History Month Celebration. Jabali AfriKa performs Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m., at the McKenzie Park Theatre on Cedar St. in McKenzie.

Jabali Afrika began in the early ‘90s and is composed of dancers, singers, and drummers. The band chose its name from the Kiswahili word for “rock,” jabali, and included Afrika as a reminder of its heritage. Initially performing traditional Kenyan songs, it gained the attention of the Kenyan National Talent Search, leading to international tours. The band would soon arrive in the United States and base itself in the Pittsburgh region. In 1996, the band gained attention by appearing in an episode of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, performing the song “Tree, Tree, Tree.”

Jabali Afrika’s performance is free to Bethel University faculty, staff and students. Outside tickets are $5 each. For ticket information, contact Raven Richardson at richardsonr@bethelu.edu.

Other planned events for Bethel’s Black History Month Celebration include: Black History Trivia Night – February 16 at 8 p.m. in the Student Activities Board Room.

Celebration of African American Success Q& A – February 22 in Odom Lecture Hall at 7 p.m. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend.

African Fashion Show – March 1 in the Student Activities Board Room at 8 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided prior to the event. Experience African American culture through fashion, music, and dance.

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