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with Harmony Grove


Saturday (special music and multi-arts performance event: 4/13)
7:30 pm

Offsite

On April 13, 2024, starting at 7:30 pm, atac (formerly Amazing Things Arts Center) in Framingham will present Harmony Grove in Concert with Special Guests Kétu Oladuwa, Samela St. Pierre and Patrick St. Pierre. Thanks to a generous grant from the Framingham Cultural Council, ticket prices range from $0 - $30. atac is located at 160 Hollis Street in Framingham.

Harmony Grove is a musical project co-led by vocalist Zoë Krohne and saxophonist Willie Sordillo. This performance, in addition to the 5-piece band, will feature poet Kétu Oladuwa, who lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and will be coming the Greater Boston area to participate in this multi-arts performance. In addition to Kétu, visual artists Patrick St. Pierre (of Trinidadian heritage) and Samela St. Pierre (of Peruvian and Dominican heritage) will be painting their impressions of the music in real time during the first half of the performance. During the second half, Kétu will be reading his original poetry, in interplay with the musicians, who will be improvising to Kétu's words.

Kétu Oladuwa found himself in prison on death row as a teenager, convicted of a murder he did not commit. While in prison he educated himself and came to an awareness of his purpose in life. He was eventually exonerated, continued his education, became a journalist, and developed the gift he discovered for writing poetry while incarcerated. Now nearly 80 years old, he has continued to write, publish and read his poetry, and has also led youth programs which included teaching African drumming to young people, and leading a group of those young people on a journey to Africa. He also founded a jazz performance series in Fort Wayne which thrived for several years prior to the onset of the Covid pandemic. With his daughter, RasAmen, he co-founded Death Row Shadows, to work against mass incarceration. The article below provides more information about their work:

Meet the Fort Wayne entrepreneur taking on mass incarceration in the US—one story at a time:
https://www.inputfortwayne.com/features/mass-incarceration.aspx

You can hear Kétu's story in his own words, including the reading of one of his first poems, in this very moving YouTube video: Tomorrow's Ken: Kétu Oladuwa
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1SMWQo1lUo

Here's a link to Kétu reading one of his poems accompanied (virtually) by a group of Boston-area musicians, 3 of whom are members of Harmony Grove: root uv thangs- teeming blakklife on a bluezscale (featuring Kétu Oladuwa)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDd2xcmNfLA

There is also some of his poetry on Spotify which includes a collaboration with another Indiana musician, Michael Patterson, and Willie Sordillo:
https://open.spotify.com/artist/2D96iIK4PsUXKSTNKUF1uP?si=fc2naowfTnuM86OSnBc7Pg

Finally, here's a link to Ketu's website.
omowalé-kétu oladuwa - RootFolkz Poetz Pressbr />https://www.rootfolks.com/

This is a rare opportunity to hear a poet with a profound and unique voice and witness artists practicing their craft in collaboration with an eclectic group of talented musicians. It is our hope that people interested in poetry, art, music and some of the diverse cultures of the African diaspora will take advantage of it.

For more information, contact atac at atac
https://www.atac160.org/
or Willie Sordillo at williesordillo@gmail.com


williesordillo@gmail.com
www.williesordillo.com

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