Musician Pamela Wise Celebrates the 60th Anniversary of Shrine of the Black Madonna

Jazz musician Pamela Wise shares a new spirit for Afro-Cuban music after tracing her family's roots back to Cuba with Pamela Wise & Friends-a jazz-fusion performance on Friday, Sept.13, 2013 at the Marcus Garvey Academy Harambee Center in Detroit. 

"There is very little distinction between [African and Cuban] music because we had many African slaves brought to Cuba during the trans-Atlantic slave trade," says Wise, a pianist and composer, about the origins of the two ethnic sounds. "We are just talking about a change of location."

Wise focuses on a Latin jazz sound, performing select songs from her album "Songo Festividad"-flavored with Afro-Cuban traditional drumming techniques. "You can expect your feet to be tapping to some great music," says Wise.

Her performance kicks of the anniversary celebration of the historic Shrine of the Black Madonna of the Pan African Orthodox Christian Church located in Detroit. The church will celebrate its 60th anniversary in October.

Wise's featured performing "friends" include Damon Warmack on the electric bass, Greg Freeman on the percussion (and vocals), and Djallo Djakate on the drums. The performance also includes poetry readings and what Wise promises will be "very special guests" performing.


The music begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13 at the Marcus Garvey Academy Harambee Center, located at 2301 Van Dyke St. in Detroit. Cost is $15.

For more information about this upcoming event, visit the BLAC online event calendar.

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