Sometimes you just have to be there

The chorus performed last week at the College of St. Scholastica. This was a joint performance with CSS percussion students, Harbor City International School African Music Ensemble and Choir students, and Two Harbors High School Band and Choir students. We came together under the direction of an amazing man and musician, Sowah Mensah.

I didn’t get any pictures. I never do, I’m too busy and never want to interrupt the moment to take a picture. I know I probably should have had something up on social media the next day, to keep some of the excitement going. But it just was not that kind of thing.

Let me tell you, the show was fabulous. All of the musicians did a wonderful job and the music sounded great! I mean. Great. I’m sure the audience had a good time, but I am absolutely positive that those of us who were making the music had a really, really, really, really good time.

We were playing/singing traditional music from Sowah’s home country of Ghana. The music is designed to bring people together. Not through listening or watching, but through participating. It felt so good to connect with all of those students and directors and make music that was absorbing, complex, interesting, and moving. And by moving, I also mean, move your body moving – danceable. It felt so good.

No video or recording or image can come close to what the actual experience was like. This is one of those times you just had to be there. I’m so glad that I was.

Sowah

This is Sowah at Sing!’s 2011 concert. Can you feel it?

 

About Sing! A Women's Chorus

Founded in 1999 by director Mags David, Sing! A Women’s Chorus is based in the Duluth Public Schools Community Education program. This ensemble is open to all registrants. Music is learned through the oral tradition, allowing singers at all levels of experience to participate. We sing traditional music from the U.S., Europe, and West Africa, and original songs written for the chorus by Mags David.
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