HILLSIDE — The Creole Choir of Cuba will perform at the Gene & Shelley Enlow Recital Hall at Kean University on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 3 p.m. A sensation at the 2009 Edinburgh Festival, this ensemble performs a capella melodies with richly textured harmonies, vibrant dancing and shifting Caribbean rhythms of rediscovered musical treasures from Haiti, Dominica and Cuba.
The Creole Choir of Cuba consists of vocalists Rogelio Torriente, Fidel Miranda, Teresita Miranda, Marcelo Luis, Dalio Vital, Emilia Diaz Chavez, Yordanka Fajardo, Irian Montejo, Marina Fernandes, Yara Diaz.
The Creole Choir was founded in 1994 during the ‘Special Period’ when the Cuban economy fell into collapse, following the end of the USSR and of Soviet support for the revolution. Food was short while homes and work places often went dark due to lack of electricity. It was at this difficult time that members of the Professional Choir of Camagüey, who were descendents of Haitians, decided to re-forge the resistance songs and laments of their forebears.
Lead by their Choir Director Emilia Díaz Chávez, Grupo Vocal Desandann, as they are called in Cuba, revived the songs of their ancestors for modern times. Desandann literally means ‘descendents’ and as the choir says: “For us, music is like food: it feeds the spirit and is a major inspiration for everyday life.”
Tickets to The Creole Choir of Cuba at Enlow Hall are $35 and can be purchased by calling Kean Stage Box Office at 1-908-737-7469, online at http://enlowhall.kean.edu , or in person at Kean University’s Wilkins Theater Box Office. Enlow Recital Hall is located at 215 North Avenue, Hillside.
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