January 26, 2001

Contact: Lezli Austen

African drummers and dancers to perform at UIS

SPRINGFIELD — A special live performance by Anouaze, a visiting troupe of African drummers and dancers from Ivory Coast (West Africa), will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 30, in Brookens Auditorium at the University of Illinois at Springfield. The event is free and open to the public.

Anouaze’s repertoire is a mixture of the diverse cultures of Ivory Coast's 60 ethnic groups. The name of the troupe, Anouaze, means "united." The group’s appearance kicks off this spring’s World Music Video Film Series, which will be shown from 8 to 9:30 p.m. every Tuesday, January 30 through April 17, in Brookens Auditorium. All video showings are free and open to the public.

The first video in the series, Baaba Maal: Live At Royal Albert Festival Hall, will be shown at 8 p.m. Tuesday following the live performance. The video features Maal, a pop star from Senegal, in a recent concert with his Nomad Soul band in London along with legendary Jamaican guitarist Ernest Ranglin.

The event is sponsored by students enrolled in the World Music class, the UIS African American studies program, and the African Cultural Association of Springfield. For more information, call Ron Sakolsky at 498-8497 or Sky Kingsland at (314) 965-9166 in St. Louis.

- 30 -