A night of music with two invigorating artists, Nambi and Ras Burnett , performing a solo set each and taking part in a panel discussion on Black History Month, along with guest speaker Jermaine Marshall, Inclusion & Anti-Racism Advisor/Human Rights Advisory Services, Queens University.
On Sunday Feb 4th 7:30-10pm @ Next Church, 89 Colborne st, all are welcome for a workshop and performance with Ras Burnett, Chantal Thompson and Richard Bannard.
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Brooklyn NYC-born saxophonist / flautist Ras Burnett ( formerly known as Ras Moshe Burnett / Theodore Burnett lll) Is a Jazz musician, poet, teacher, composer, activist, and music therapist. His grandfather played sax with famous big bands in Harlem, such as Lucky Millinder and Louis Armstrong. His father also played sax in Harlem. Ras has been in bands with Bill Cole, Warren Smith, William Parker , Dafna Naphtali who won the 2023 Guggenheim fellowship for her series of duos which Ras has been featured in, and many other legends of the free jazz and new music scene in New York. Ras believes in the positive effect of music for socio-political change. He is the founder/Director of the music series, Music Now, initiated in 2000.
Ottawa-born Ugandan singer-songwriter, Nambi (formerly known as Rita Carter) has become one of her cities most well-respected voices. Nambi's reputation as a sincere and talented performer is a testament to her creative ability and faith in music as a source of personal and communal revelation. Her strong vocal presence and soulful acoustic, RnB street folk style, have made her a sought-after, admired performer. Nambi has reclaimed her ancestral name and is a musical activist in countering systemic forms of racial oppression.