April 18: World Music from Tunisia Comes to the Weis Center

World music from Tunisia will be featured in a performance called “Suite for Abu Sadiya” on Wednesday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts Atrium Lobby. The performance is free and tickets are not required.

In this musical take on a North African myth, Brooklyn-based, French-Tunisian saxophonist Yacine Boulares and French cellist Vincent Segal will present an original suite of variations re-imagining the Tunisian healing trance music — Stambeli — for their trio with American drummer Nasheet Waits.

Their original compositions form a series of variations on the legend of Abu Sadiya. In his wandering search for his enslaved daughter, Sadiya danced and sang his sorrow in the streets of Tunis, becoming the first musician of Stambeli and personifying the collective memory of Sub-Saharan slaves in Tunisia.

This engagement of Suite for Abu Sadiya is made possible through the French-American Jazz Exchange Tours program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information about this performance contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by e-mail at lisa.leighton@bucknell.edu.

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