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Béla Fleck and The Africa Project To Perform at EMPAC
In his most ambitious project to date, renowned musician Béla Fleck traveled to Africa to explore the origins of the banjo. His subsequent collaborations with African musicians were captured in the acclaimed filmThrow Down Your Heart and inspired his landmark tour, which features kora master Toumani Diabate, along with Anania Ngoglia, John Kitime, Vusi Mahanasela, D’Gary, and Mario.

Members of the Rensselaer campus, surrounding community, and beyond will get a chance to hear songs from Fleck’s latest project on Saturday, March 28, at a concert, presented by the Division of Student Life, in the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) Concert Hall beginning at 8 p.m.

Fleck discovered in his travels in Africa that, while the banjo is traditionally considered an American instrument, its origins lie far from her shores. Throw Down Your Heart documents Fleck’s travels and explorations of music.

Tickets are required to attend the event. Contact the EMPAC Box Office at (518) 276-3921. For more information about Béla Fleck, go to www.belafleck.com/index.html.
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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 3, Number 2, February 13, 2009
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