I am diving in, trying something I have never tried before. Here are some related links to what has captivated my heart, my attention and currently all of my energy:
A fantastic group is coming to Tucson to perform for this big musical event in Old Tucson March 17th:
The One World Music Festival is aimed at promoting the unity of cultures, races, and religions. In doing so, we encourage communities to come together to express themselves in a celebration of music and arts.
The link for the Kongo drum group, Ngoma Za Kongo The French/English speaking group is in America on a Tourist Visa from the Congo to tour for one year:
There is a video on the side at this link of their performance with the whole 16-member group, but there are 8 of them coming here.
Here are more links to their videos:
The Artistic Director has informed me the group is willing to come 90 miles south of Tucson to our small town of 5,500 from Thursday, March 8th to Wednesday, March 14th. Where to house them? I have no clue. Where will they perform? Don’t know. I am hard at work on this……
I have spent this entire day trying to find out where the group might be able to perform here and who will PAY them. The public schools would love to have them perform for students — which is my heart’s desire. But the schools have no money with the exception of the very small school in the town of 700 I live in. They have $200. Each performance at a school costs $650.
How to raise the money in this totally strapped area?
The group will also do drumming workshops. They dropped their fee from $15 to $10 per person for our town – very generous!
I am checking on all avenues for public performances here, as well – but the group would like to have $1,200 for each. That seems like a million to me right now!
I can only do my best. I am learning a lot – and meeting a lot of very enthusiastic people around town during this process!
Time will tell how this all works out. I really have no idea how to do any of this – so I just jumped in to do my best. I will let you know how this all comes about – which I hope it can and will!
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