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Everett Community College’s 2006 Artist and Lecture Series continues April 18 with a free performance of Voices of Africa at the Snohomish County PUD auditorium.

The internationally acclaimed all-woman ensemble performs soul-stirring a cappella harmonies and percussive rhythms with traditional West African instruments.

Their music spans the African Diaspora through traditional African and African-American songs, message music, gospel and inspirational percussive rhythms. The group has performed throughout the world, including at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

The Voices of Africa ensemble includes:

Nana Akosua Baakan Agyiriwah, the group’s founder and managing director, who writes and arranges many songs and percussion pieces for the ensemble.

Adua Tacheampong, the group’s musical director and Nana Baakan’s daughter. She joined the group at age 7.

Zakiyyah McKelvin, the group’s assistant managing director, also Nana Baakan’s daughters. She joined the group at age 5.

Akosua Nyo Agyiriwah, special projects coordinator, who has studied ballet, jazz, modern and African dance for 20 years.

Blanche Baxter, executive assistant, who has been a teacher of the arts for many years.

The 2006 Artist and Lecture Series is presented by the Everett Community College Student Activities Office. Doors open at 7 p.m. for Voices of Africa. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. The Snohomish County PUD auditorium is located at 2320 California St.

For more information, call 425-388-9561 or visit and click on Artist and Lecture Series.


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