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CANCELLED World Music Series: Okwy Osadebe, Nigeria
July 6, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Due to the projected inclement weather this evening, we are cancelling our July 6 concert by Okwy Osadebe. We hope to schedule a performance by this band next summer. Our FREE World Music Concert Series will be back next Thursday, July 13 with a performance by Tribu Baharu.
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Chief Okwy Osadebe is the oldest living son of the late king of Highlife music, Chief Osita Osadebe. Singing and performing a unique form of dance music called “Egwu Ekobe” in high school, he occasionally sang highlife music on his father’s band stand. He then went on to dance in his father’s music videos and live performances all over Nigeria and U.S.A. After the death of his father and his brother, Osadebe formed his own Highlife Band and continued the family’s musical legacy.
Chief Osadebe believes in the power and love of music. He currently has an album out called “Odira” that he is performing live across the U.S., while at the same time, is working on an extended album to be released by the end of this year. Osadebe resides in the New Haven area of Connecticut.
This summer, Abington Art Center is partnering with Philadelphia’s Lucky Goat Coffee House to present the first annual World Music Series. World-class performers from Cuba, Columbia, Haiti, Nigeria, and the USA will be performing on our outdoor stage over six Thursday evenings from June 22 – July 27 at 7:00 pm. These culturally unique performances are unlike any in the Philadelphia region. This is the first year of the AAC reimagined concert series, although our program and production team have over 30 years of experience presenting international arts.
The event is open and free to the public, and guests are encouraged to come early and picnic on the lawn. Music has always had the power to bring communities together and cross the boundaries of geography, economics, religion and culture. Pitch and beat connect to the emotions, creating a direct line to the human ability to respond, understand and have compassion. This is what is great – when an audience is transported by sound to greater sense of our potential. This year the party will be at Abington Art Center.