Music Program

Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.

$6/3 adults/students of BAVPA, $15/10 general public

Buffalo Academy for Visual & Performing Arts and Hallwalls present

Kahil El'Zabar & the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble

A Celebration of Black History: A Look at Buffalo and the Niagara Movement

Buffalo Academy for Visual & Performing Arts
450 Masten Ave., Buffalo

A multi-media, multi-disciplinary celebratory extravaganza featuring a collaboration between the students of Buffalo Academy for Visual & Performing Arts and Chicago's internationally renowned jazz legends Kahil El'Zabar & the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble.


6:30 p.m. - BAVPA main stage:

1. National Anthem
2. Black National Anthem – w/ strings & Helen Butler
3. Welcome – Principal Darren Brown 
4. Hosts – Destiny Johnson & Kameron – theme and outline
5. "A Story of the Journey to Freedom" - dance/music piece  Ashley Porter & Co. 
6. Negro Spiritual – Augustine Donaldson – "Oh Freedom" 
7. Introduction of Bishop Henderson - History of Michigan St. Baptist Church
8. Gospel Choir –"Precious Lord"
9. "Reverend Nash and WEB Dubois in Nash House" – Sedrick Cooper & Kameron – a conversation, song "We Shall Not Be Moved" - Tamiko Williams
10. BAVPA Jazz Band
11. Mary Talbot – monologue
12. "Don't Cry" – Jamequa, Tyvier & Asa Tribute - Gospel Choir piece

8:00 p.m. - BAVPA main stage:

Ethnic Heritage Ensemble:

Kahil El'Zabar (drums, percussion, voice)
Ernest Khabeer Dawkins (alto/tenor saxophones)
Corey Wilkes (trumpet)

The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble was formed 35 years ago. Kahil El'Zabar is the founder of the band and led its first performance at Child City Arts Center, in Chicago, in 1973. This was a year after he had returned from the University of Ghana.  His goal was to combine concepts of African American music making with the earlier roots of traditional African music and make it something new. After 35 years, this legendary band is still serving the people worldwide with their special brand of 21st century Griot music. The current band consists of the young trumpet titan, Corey Wilkes, along with Chicago Saxophone legend, Ernest Khabeer Dawkins and the award winning multi percussionist, vocalist, and composer, Kahil El'Zabar.
The EHE is now in the pantheon of jazz history. Few bands have lasted more than three decades and there are no signs of this illustrious ensemble slowing down.  Their music conjures a spiritual journey to the inner self.  It spans time through multiple expressions that transcend styles and genres. There is an extremely personal virtuosity to the EHE's way of making music. It appears simple on the surface, yet when one goes deeper in the music they are amazed at the density of form.
We are reaching out to our community worldwide in 2008, to collectively celebrate the triumph of the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, in staying true to their mission.  It is rare to witness such conviction and commitment in these times. This music has enormous history and incredible love.  We are all here to make a difference; we must be about the work of our hearts.  Living out your dream is the greatest honor one can express.  The EHE is the real deal and they have truly done it their way! Let us celebrate the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble's 35th Anniversary now and forever. Aluta Continua!!

Buffalo Academy for Visual & Performing Arts
450 Masten Ave. Buffalo, N.Y. 14209 - (716) 816-4220

Some publications related to this event:
January and February, 2010 - 2010