WARA/WARC: Reaching out to HBCU’s
Howard University Jazz Concert and Summer Program at WARC
A group of students from Howard University have just started their one month program on Senegalese /Francophone West African Cultures. While taking regular classes in the French language, the three African American students will also have an opportunity to engage in cultural immersion, with Goree Island in particular being of particular significance to the Black Diaspora. Although the enrollment for the program is low due to the economic situation, WARC was eager to accommodate it because of the significance of the students’ presence here, the Black Diaspora being a very important target population for WARA/WARC’s initiatives and activities
In May, WARC hosted the famous and talented Jazz Ensemble from Howard University. The Howard University Jazztet, invited by the US Embassy in Dakar as part of the Saint Louis Jazz Festival, performed at WARC on Thursday May 16 from 6pm to 8pm. Under the leadership of Professor Fred Irby, III, the young musicians delighted the audience with well-performed pieces culled from the American jazz heritage.
Since this was an academic jazz session, Professor Irby III teamed up with faculty from University Cheikh Anta Diop, Professor Magueye Kasse, to discuss the various pieces performed and give the audience further learned information on jazz, jazz history and US household names in Jazz.
The band graciously welcomed two Senegalese jazz lovers who proved to be excellent musicians and singers, M. Mabousso Thiam, senior civil servant in the Senegalese administration, and M. Jean Charles Tall, architect.