Nigerian master musician Baba Ken Okulolo lectures and performs at UCLA at 1 - 2 PM and 7 - 9 PM


Come and bring your drum! Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy the music of Baba Ken Okulolo -- two chances to hear this artist. The UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology, UCLA Ethnomusicology Undergraduate Student Organization (EUSO), and UCLA Campus Affairs proudly present this dynamic performer.


Thursday, March 03, 2005
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
1 - 2 PM, Popper Theatre, 1200 Schoenberg Music Building
7 - 9 PM, Orchestra Room, 1343 Schoenberg Music Building
UCLA campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Presentations:  Thursday, March 3
1 - 2 PM, Popper Theatre, 1200 Schoenberg Music Building
Baba Ken will give a lecture titled "THE EVOLUTION OF HIGHLIFE MUSIC."
Tracing the development of the West African style from the early 1950s until late 70s, Baba Ken will discuss the effect of Western music on young African musicians, and their failure to continue the legacy of their forefathers.

7 - 9 PM, Orchestra Room, 1343 Schoenberg Music Building
Baba Ken will lead a master class, teaching songs in the Highlife and Afrobeat styles.

Musicians should bring their instruments.  Non-musicians are encouraged to come watch, sing, and dance.

The UCLA Ethnomusicology Undergraduate Student Organization (EUSO), in conjunction with Campus Affairs and the UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology, is proud to announce that Nigerian master musician Baba Ken Okulolo will visit the UCLA campus on Thursday, March 3rd 2005 for a day of teaching and performance.

Baba Ken Okulolo is one of the few popular African musicians of today whose roots extend deep into Nigerian musical history. Ken was born into the Urhobo ethnic group, to a family of traditional dancers and musicians. In the tiny fishing village of Aladja, surrounded by deep forests and lagoons traveled by dugout canoes, he was exposed to the traditional stories, rhythms and songs of his people.
 
Ken was first seen in the U.S. with King Sunny Ade's African Beats on their 1985 world tour, and he continues to appear on Ade's latest recordings. In addition to his vast body of Nigerian studio and production dates, he is known for his early stints with highlife master Dr. Victor Olaiya, Steve Rhodes' African Voices, and the seminal Afro-rock group, Monomono. Five times, the Nigerian Journalists' Association has voted him the country's top bassist.

As a bandleader, his warm, smiling personality enlivens three distinct performing groups: the modern Afro-beat band KOTOJA, the all-star WEST AFRICAN HIGHLIFE BAND, and the acoustic, traditional NIGERIAN BROTHERS. Each group brings forth the universal healing magic of African music.

Today, Ken lives in Oakland, California, with his family. Says Okulolo, "I see the world today as one family, as one village. We all have the same needs and wants. Peace, love, and understanding will help solve the world's problems, and that's what we are trying to spread to all people with our music."

For more information, visit http//www.AFRICANMUSICSOURCE.COM
Or contact: email ethnomusicology@gmail.com or call  (310) 903-9370

Special Instructions

Also, an event at 7 PM.


Cost : Both events are free of charge, and open to all. Parking is available in lot 2 for $7. (corner of Hilgard Avenue and Westholme Avenue). UCLA map and directions: http://www.ethnomusic.ucla.edu/Images/map.gif

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