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Ukes and Kids Album Release Party at Jalopy Theatre!
March 25 @ 7:30 pm - 11:45 pm| $20
On Saturday, March 25th, 7:30pm, Ukes and Kids in collaboration with Jalopy Theatre present the album release of “THE JOURNEY” – an audio diary with music and songs chronicling the journey of the kids’ relationship to music, what they want to do as they grow up, how music has changed their lives and how they hope music can be an agent for social change.
The evening features performances by Sharon Katz and Wendy Quick of The Peace Train Project, storyteller Robbi K Abraham, jazz musicians Abraham Mennen and Zwelahke-Duma Bell Le Pere, the whimsical stylings of The Ukuladies, and Zimbabwean mbira music of Timbila.
Also part of the evening will be light fare from the South African restaurant, Madiba, and an open marketplace with South African goods for sale by Art Aids Art.
The Ukes and Kids songwriting project gives kids in South Africa the opportunity to meet, collaborate, create, play music, write songs and learn from each other and a host of local and international volunteer performing artists, educators, and mentors. With the support of Kickstarter funders, The National Arts Council of South Africa, The Ukulele Hall of Fame, The NYC Ukulele Festival, Kala and Mahalo Ukes, friends and family, Ukes and Kids received 50 ukuleles, music books, penny whistles, small percussion instruments, and travel support for international performing artists and educators, Katie Down, Justine Williams and Matt Darriau to work with the directors of the Mobile Arts and Entrepreneurship Institute, Lucky Litelu and Tsepo Chohchoe and local musician/educators. The team created a volunteer-run 5-day music and arts camp, free of charge, to foster the talents of 18 young people and give them an opportunity to record their songs at a professional recording studio featuring interviews, stories, and songs written on the ukulele.
Local professional musicians and support staff helped with arrangements and instrumental backing and the whole album was recorded in one day. Now we are thrilled to share this moving and inspiring collection of songs and interviews with the world! ALL the proceeds from this CD go to support the free music education programs offered by The Mobile Arts and Entrepreneurship Institute in Johannesburg. UKES and KIDS!