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2012 Summer Nights Festival of Outdoor Concerts

African Music Night at the Osher Marin JCC

Oliver Mtukudzi & the Black Spirits

Music, Dinners, Cocktails, Picnics, Dancing, Playground

Sat, July 21, 2012 @ 7pm

Zimbabwe’s pride, most successful artist and national treasure 

Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits perform for African Music Night, the third of the five Saturday night outdoor, multi-cultural family friendly concerts of the
2012 Summer Nights Festival at the Osher Marin JCC. 

African Music Night brings a beloved legend in the music of Africa on his long awaited international tour.  Oliver Mtukudzi is gifted with a deep and gusty voice plus a talent for writing songs that reflects on the daily life and struggles of his people. 

“Tuku” as he is known, began performing in 1977 and has earned a devoted following across Africa and beyond, all the while incorporating elements of musical traditions.  He has written and performed some of the most heart rending music against hatred and violence and composed music appealing for restraint, for tolerance…music about self-discipline and peace amongst the people of the world. His music has continued to touch people in many different ways, guiding and stirring past generations in the same manner the compositions will impact on the future.

All are invited to throw a blanketon the turf, secure a picnic table next to the playground, sit on chairs or learn some African dance steps and dance away, bring the kids and play together, or leave them at home and make it a date night.  Bring a dinner or purchase one on site from Sol Food Restaurant.  The night is filled with possibilities and the music is African.

WHAT: African music, picnics, dinner, playground, dancing, cocktails, fun. Outdoors under the stars.

WHO:  All are invited. Family Friendly

WHEN:  Sat, July 21 @ 7pm. Doors Open @ 6pm.  African Dance lesson @ 6:35

WHERE: The Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Rd.  San
  Rafael, CA

PARKING: Ample FREE parking.  Accessing the OsherMarin JCC from Highway 101 is effortless, ¼ mile E off 101

TICKETS: Adults- $20 advance/$25 day of/Kids
6-18 - $5. Children 5 and under FREE ~ www.marinjcc.org/summernights


A member of Zimbabwe’s Kore Kore tribe, he sings in the nation’s dominant Shona language as well as Ndebele and English.  Tuku’s music is heavily influenced by a humanist chimurenga ethos, which, in turn is inspired by the hypnotic rhythms of the mbira (thumb piano).  His music also incorporates South Africa mbarqanga, the energetic Zimbabwean pop style jit, and the traditional kateke drumming of his clan.

One of Tuku’s biggest fans is Bonnie Raitt, who has not only called Tuku “a Treasure," and recorded a cover of "Hear me Lord" but also credits Tuku as the inspiration for
the song "One Belief Away" on her album Fundamental. Tuku (along with Angelique Kidjo, Hugh Masekela and Ladysmith Black Mambazo) is one of the most successful African recordings artists in North America, having sold hundreds of thousand of records on Putumayo, Heads Up/Telarc and Sheer Sound. Tuku is an alumni of Acoustic Africa II (2011 edition) and a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Eastern and Southern Africa, focusing on Young People's Development and HIV and AIDS Prevention. 2012 / 2013 marks the return to North America of one of Africa's musical giants.

The Summer  Nights Festival is  a  series  of  five 
celebrations  for  all  ages  with  live music,  dance  instruction,  food,  and  family fun.  Presented  by  The  Kanbar  Center for  the  Performing  Arts,  each  celebration brings  in  hundreds  of  guests  for  an 
evening  of  culture  and  community  under the  summer  skies. 

“One of  the  most  remarkable  aspects  of Summer  Nights  is  the  venue.  The outdoor  field  and  playground  where  the concerts  take  place  are  part  of  the larger  campus  serving  the  JCC  and Brandeis  Hillel  Day  School.  Located  uphill from  the  JCC,  Swig  field  is 
surrounded  on  all  sides  by  the  Marin Hills  and  the  JCC  building,  creating a  self-contained,  safe,  outdoor  park-like environment  that  is  expansive  and  open, yet  accessible  only  through  the  JCC and  removed  from  the  street.”

 Sat, 7/21: African Music Night Oliver
& the Black Spirits

Sat, 7/28: Cajun Night - Steve Riley & the Mamou

Sat, 8/4: Latin Music NightOrquesta La Moderna Tradicion



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