Last updated on May 2, 2019
By Gloria Cortes
The Volunteer State Community College Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Performing Arts Department are hosting the Baba Musa and Nature’s Drummers performance of traditional African music on Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 12:30- 2 p.m. in the Caudill Hall auditorium.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion has hosted events throughout February to commemorate Black History Month.
“It seems like the Office of Diversity and Inclusion is doing something to get people interested and attend these events, and I think they are doing a good job,” said Vol State freshman Jacob Propst.
This will be the first event where Baba Musa and Nature’s Drummers perform at Vol State, and it is the first performance that showcases traditional African music.
“We’ve had other [cultural] events similar to this, but none like
[Baba Musa] and Nature’s Drummers,” said Office of Diversity and Inclusion administrative assistant Lori Miller.
“It’s always good to see where something comes from, or to see where somebody else is rooted… especially when it’s as a tribute to music and with music being a universal language. [Cultural events] give students, staff and anybody willing to come out an experience that they would not have normally had, and it may give some perspective about other cultures when you’re there in person,” said Vol State sophomore Deandre Marshall.
Miller said that this event was a collaboration between Jeff King, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion manager, and Ben Graves, the music department chairman.
“I think [this event] is going to give the Vol State community a different aspect of what music can be,” said Miller.
“You get to see the diversity of the community… . Knowing the event is music-centered, it makes me interested in seeing what that culture has to offer,” said Propst.
Refreshments will be offered after the performance.
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