WORCESTER – The seventh floor of the Printers Building will come alive on Thursday, May 30, with the sweet sound of the djembe — the beat of the hand drum — and a harmonic blend of melodies, at Crocodile River Music’s free family concert, Kenya SoulL & Zimbabwe Rock ’N’ Roll.

The concert is the third and final installment of a 3-part African Music Series featuring music and dance performances, educational workshops, and shared community and culture. If you’ve never been to their space, you are in for a cultural treat. Crocodile River Music is a gallery of handmade instruments, masks, and artifacts from Africa and all over the world. Visually stunning pieces that you can’t help admire. As for the music? It’s impossible not to move to the rhythmic sounds and beat.

 

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In addition to Crocodile River Music performers, the concert features Wangari Fahari and Timbila, who are new to the series.

Wangari Fahari is a Kenyan born singer of Afro-pop, jazz, folk, and world music. Wangari brings to light her East African sound as she effortlessly cascades through genres and languages. The exotic, acoustic sound is very soulful and will leave you feeling rejuvenated and enchanted. A sweet taste of East Africa.

Timbila blazes ecstatic African rock with an East Village edge. The surreal buzzing and hypnotic sounds of the Zimbabwean thumb piano (mbira) soar with guitar riffs, violin, and celestial vocals in grooves that are deeply funky, fierce, and danceable. Fusing African music and rock ‘n’ roll, no band in the world sounds like Timbila.

Enjoy complimentary authentic East African cuisine from Worcester’s own Fatima’s Cafe.

Crocodile River Music is located in the Printers Building, 44 Portland Street, Worcester, 7th floor.

This event is free and open to the public. The music begins at 6:30pm. Space is limited, with registration required.

Tickets are available here.

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    Darcy Schwartz, "Miss Darcy" as she is known to her students, is the founder of ArtReach, a woman owned, artist-owned, working art studio founded on the premise that developmentally appropriate, creative activities can serve as launching points for artistic exploration and expression at any age. A printmaker, an illustrator, and a writer, Darcy holds a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute, and an MFA from The School of Visual Arts in New York, where she completed a certificate program in art therapy. Darcy is a member of the NAEA (National Art Educators Association), and SCBI (The Society of Children's Book Illustrators), as well as many other community and philanthropic organizations. For more information on Darcy, her studio, her work, her writing, please see the bio on her website, www.artreachstudioafs.com