Press Release

For Immediate Release 

 

Event Dates: February 1, 2014 and March 30, 2014

 

Kente Arts Alliance Continues its Africa Calling Concert Series, Pittsburgh, PA

 

Based in New York City, Asase Yaa African-American Dance Theatre is a dance company that bridges the gap between African and African-American culture through the arts.

 

Pittsburgh, PA (November 9, 2013) - On Saturday, February 1, 2014, Kente Arts Alliance continues its Africa Calling Concert Series with the Asase Yaa African-American Dance Theatre at the New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square East, Pittsburgh, PA.  The performance is the third segment of the series.  The concert will start at 8 pm.  


Based in New York City, Asase Yaa African-American Dance Theatre is a dance company whose objective is to bridge the gap between African and African-American culture through the arts.
 
Artistic Director Yao Ababio formed Asase Yaa in the summer of 2001. The company consists of seasoned musicians, dancers and vocalists with training in various disciplines. Their performances bring joy to audiences through exciting, colorful, athletic and energetic presentations.


It is the mission of Asase Yaa African-American Dance Theatre to promote the cultural values and aesthetics of Africa and the African Diaspora and offer positive images of African, African Diasporic, and African-American Cultures. It is the goal of Asase Yaa African-American Dance Theatre to promote the growth, and raise the standards of African dance and music performance to the highest levels.

 

 

The company has traveled to various countries including: Ghana, Guinea, Japan, Korea, France, the Netherlands and Iceland. They have worked with VH1 Hip Hop Honors Awards, Stars of New York Dance, and the premiere of the HBO “Sing your Song” documentary with Harry Belafonte.

 


 

 

 

 

On Sunday, March 30, 2014, legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela (“Grazing in the Grass”) returns to Pittsburgh with a celebratory 75th Birthday Tour!  Masekela will also perform at the New Hazlett Theater and the concert will start at 7 pm.  
 
An innovator in the world music and jazz scenes, Masekela is also a renowned performer, composer and activist who was integral to Paul Simon’s Graceland Tour, which introduced African music to a wider public.

 

 

On Sunday, March 30, 2014, legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela (“Grazing in the Grass”) returns to Pittsburgh with a celebratory 75th Birthday Tour! Masekela will also perform at the New Hazlett Theater and the concert will start at 7 pm.

 

Among the many artists who have recorded or collaborated with Masekela are Miriam Makeba, Dizzy Gillespie, Harry Belafonte, Herb Alpert and Fela Kuti. He has provided music for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and co-created the hit Broadway show Sarafina, which brought South African music into theaters around the globe. During the 1980s, Masekela’s song “Bring Him Back Home” became an anthem for the Free Nelson Mandela movement.
 
Tickets for both concerts can be purchased on-line at ShowClix.com or by calling 1-888.71.TICKETS.  


Group tickets can be purchased by calling Kente Arts Alliance at 412.322.0292.  (Only available for the Asase Yaa concert)
For further information:
www.kentearts.org 

 

New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square East, Pittsburgh, PA
Website: 
http://newhazletttheater.org

 

 

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Kente Arts Alliance is a non-profit arts organization (501 (3) ©) that was established in 2007.  Since then it has presented some of the music world’s most legendary performers including Pharoah Sanders, The Last Poets, and Louis Hayes and the Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band which was voted by the Post-Gazette as the Best Jazz Concert of 2006.  It has also presented two NEA Jazz Masters over the last year:  Drummer Roy Haynes and pianist Randy Weston.   The Africa Calling Concert Series has been made possible by generous funding from The Heinz Endowments, Advancing the Black Arts in Pittsburgh Fund and PNC Charitable Trusts. 


 Contact & Media Visits  

 

Media Contact: Gail Austin
Email:
gail@kentearts.org

Phone: 412 322 0292

 

Kente Arts Alliance

1212 Manhattan Street, Pittsburgh, PA, 15233

Web: www.kentearts.org

 

 Condensed Version  

 

Kente Arts Alliance Continues its Africa Calling Concert Series, Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh, PA (November 9, 2013) –  On Saturday, February 1, 2014 and Sunday March 30, 2014, Kente Arts Alliance presents the final two segments of  its Africa Calling Concert Series  with the New York-based Asase Yaa African-American Dance Theatre  and legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela (“Grazing in the Grass”).  Both performances will be held at the New Hazlett Theater,  6 Allegheny Square East, Pittsburgh, PA. Tickets for both concerts can be purchased on-line at ShowClix.com or by calling 1-888.71.TICKETS. Group tickets can be purchased by calling Kente Arts Alliance at 412.322.0292.  (Only available for the Asase Yaa concert). For further information: www.kentearts.org 

 

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