Duke Fellow To Offer Caribbean Music Lecture Before globalFEST

 Fans of Caribbean music will have two opportunities to revel in the genre’s art in downtown Durham this week: a free lecture by Vincent Joos, Ph.D., of Duke University at the Rooftop Bar of The Durham Hotel on Wednesday, March 2 and the spectacular globalFEST: Creole Carnival Tour show at the Carolina Theatre on Friday, March 4.

 Joos’ interactive lecture on the music of the Caribbean is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2 at the Rooftop Bar of The Durham Hotel. The Duke University postdoctoral fellow will discuss and listen to Haitian and Jamaican popular music and analyze its origins. 

 “Caribbean music makes up a great part of our contemporary global entertainment soundscape, but very few of us know the political, religious and cultural environments in which these sounds emerged,” Joos, of the Thompson Writing Program at Duke, said. "We’ll open historical windows which will help the audience understand these Afrocentric sounds."

 Joos’ lecture is made possible by a grant obtained from the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. The lecture is presented in conjunction with the Durham County Library. The Durham Hotel will provide light snacks and water during the lecture.

 On Friday, March 4 at 8 p.m., the globalFEST: Creole Carnival Tour rolls into the historic Carolina Theatre of Durham featuring three renowned world music acts: Brazil’s Casuarina, Emeline Michel of Haiti, and Brushy One String, the Jamaican one-stringed guitar virtuoso who was the star of NPR’s ’Tiny Desk Concert’ last Saturday.

The Creole Carnival Tour honors the roots of African musical currents, crossed with a fusion of sounds from the Americas, and revolving around Carnival, the pre-Lent festival celebrated globally that’s everyone's favorite excuse for a party. globalFEST’s international trio of artists will explore, expand, and upend notions of Carnival, without losing sight of where magic and religious fervor intersect with a madcap, no-holds-barred soiree.

 Tickets to see globalFEST: the Creole Carnival Tour at the Carolina Theatre of Durham on Friday start at $28 and are on sale now at the Carolina Theatre box office, the venue's website — www.carolinatheatre.org — and through Ticketmaster.com. 

Don’t miss these two remarkable Caribbean music events happening in the heart of downtown Durham this week.




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