Colour of Music and Branch Member only Reception

Charleston Branch members are invited to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Colour of Music Festival founded in Charleston SC by Lee Pringle, the Artistic Director. Over the four days the festival presents a diverse classical repertoire of baroque, classical and 20th century music featuring classically trained musicians of African descent. ASALH members are invited to a reception celebrating the tenth anniversary and honoring Lonnie Hamilton III, musician, educator, community leader who was the first African American to serve on the Charleston County Council.

The reception will be held on Saturday, February 4 at 6pm prior to the festival finale. Information will be provided on the branch website.

Festival Schedule

About Festival

The Colour of Music Festival, Inc. presents a diverse classical repertoire of baroque, classical and 20th-century music at the highest of musical standards to diverse audiences nationally. The festival has presented in Atlanta, Georgia; Charleston and Columbia, South Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; Houston; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Richmond, Virginia; Washington, D.C.; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Sacramento, California.

Few classical music enthusiasts are aware of the tremendous contributions of Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges, an African-French composer whose opera and classical masterpieces equaled or far exceeded those of his 18th-century contemporaries. Although his compositions are highly recognized overseas, they have gathered little notice in the United States. Today there are thousands of celebrated and prodigiously talented classical principals, composers and performers of African descent throughout the world. Yet, their opportunities to grace concert stages of major American orchestras are rare to non-existent. The Colour of Music Festival’s mission is reversing this trend.

Since 2013, the Colour of Music Festival offers a musical kaleidoscope highlighting the impact and historical significance of black classical composers and performers on American and world culture. The Colour of Music Festival began with performances at various venues throughout historic Charleston, South Carolina and has grown to debut in cities across the country with artists from across the globe.

Assembling acclaimed black chamber ensemble players and artists to form the Colour of Music Orchestra, the Festival showcases some of the top black classical musicians in the United States, trained at some of the most prestigious music schools, conservatories and universities in the world.

Awakening the Ancestors!

Awakening the Ancestors!

Join us for a free, live performance of the traditional music of the Gullah Geechee people of the South Carolina Lowcountry. During our time together, we’ll provide music and historical education about ancestral music. Learn about the styles, meaning, and purpose of the Lowcountry spirituals and discuss them with the museum and our co-hosts at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church – North Charleston, SC!

There will be a special performance by the Geechee Gullah Ring Shouters at 3:45 pm!

Program begins at 4:30 p.m.

Date: Saturday, March 18, 2022
Time: 3:45 p.m.

Presented in partnership by the International African American Museum, Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, and the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission. Free and open to the public. All ages.

SCAN to register for this event or visit www.iaammuseum.org/awakening2022.
This is a hybrid event, please plan to attend in-person or virtually!

Black Food Truck Festival November 13th and 14th in Mt. Pleasant

A family friendly event, the Black Food Truck Festival highlights the most delicious food trucks in combination with culture, music, and fun.

Anticipation and excitement for BFTF is high with attendees and vendors from all over the southeast set out to embark on a tremendous celebration like no other. We welcome all of you to celebrate with us, the first of many.

2021 MOJA Arts Festival September 30th to October 10th

See listing of events here

2021 MOJA Arts Festival poster, featuring the artwork of Arianne King Comer.

Arianne King Comer, a BFA graduate of Howard University, has been an Artist in Residence in the state of South Carolina since 1995. She is a textile artist creating her work in paintings, wearable art, installation art, environmental art, home deco, as well as social justice.

In 1992, Arianne received the UN/USIS grant to study under the renowned Batik artist Nike Olyani Davis in Oshogbo Nigeria, where her passion for indigo manifested. She was given the Yoruba name of Osun Ronke.

She was owner of Ibile Indigo House on St Helena House ’98-04. In 2004, Arianne traveled to Istanbul, Turkey as a guest artist sponsored by her daughter, a designer/stylist, Nicole King Burroughs. Arianne created one of a kind jean for Mavi Jeans’s. In 2007, she had the opportunity to join The Charleston Rhizome Collective to conduct a textile workshop in batik and indigo at the World Social Forum in Nairobi, Kenya. 2006-7, Arianne was artist in Residence for North Charleston Cultural Affairs Office. In 1999, she was featured in the PBS documentary, “Messengers of the Spirit,” and in 2003 was featured in an Indigo Art segment on HGTV’s “Country Style,” which is still in syndication. She is an active member of Alternate ROOTS, Charleston Rhizome and a designer for Seeking Indigo. Her work is in several traveling exhibitions nationally as well as statewide.

Join ASALH Festival Marquee Event, Back by Popular Demand


Greetings!

Back by popular demand, ASALH presents an encore viewing of A Conversation with Henry Louis Gates and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham on Friday, March 26 at 4 pm (est). Don’t miss this March marquee festival event replay!


ASALH guests who purchased the premier showing on February 20, 2021 can view the encore performance at no additional charge.

If you missed it, you can get a ticket here

Other festival. Events can be viewed on ASALH TV via YouTube.

See the festival souvenir journal here

Colour of Music Virtual Festival 2021

The Colour of Music is offering a series of events for its 2021 festival see a listing of events and tickets here

Festival 2021 Opening Recital Features the African Originated Marimba – Wednesday, February 3, 7:30pm

According to oral history, the story of the marimba began in Africa, where holes were dug in the ground, wooden bars were made to cross over this hole, and the bars were struck to produce sound. The Zulu tribe of South Africa is said to have legends of a goddess named Marimba who created a xylophone with gourds attached. During this opening event, Dr. Sean Daniels & Dr. Lawrence Quinnett, will present the Toshiro Mayuzumi’s Concertino for Xylophone & Piano.

Black History Virtual Festival, February 2021

Announcing the 2021 Black History Month Virtual Festival Celebrating the 95th Annual Black History Theme—“The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity” 🙌🏽

In these extraordinary times, ASALH has shifted from its traditional in-person luncheon, to a virtual month long celebration. Many of the events are #free and will be shown on #ASALHTV.

Marquee is a ticketed event, and tickets are available for purchase. Join us!

https://asalh.org/calendar/marquee/

#ASALHFamily #ASALHfam #ASALH2021 #BlackHistoryMonth