Jazz Appreciation Month at WARC
A Tribute to John Coltrane
Jazz is a world heritage, as indicated by these words from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History,
Jazz: spontaneous, never ordinary, completely genuine, born in America, enjoyed worldwide.
This year, the West African Research Center (WARC) opened its doors to the public and local event organizers for a celebration of April as Jazz Appreciation Month. From April 24 to April 30, event organizers such as Buur Dali Productions held a number of public events throughout Dakar. These included lectures and live musical performances with the participation of talented local and foreign artists and musical groups.
One of the high watermarks of these celebrations was the presentation made by Mrs. Freddy Williams Evans on her celebrated book: Congo Square, African Roots in New Orleans (University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press, 2011). The book is an impressive documentation of the origins of black music in America and its flourishing in New Orleans, particularly in the section of the city called Congo Square. From the musical instruments used to the various rhythms produced by players, the author aptly demonstrates that Africa has always been the source and fount of black musical expression in America.
The celebrations also included a showcase performance featuring several talented jazz players from Senegal and abroad, hosted by the West African Research Center on Saturday evening, April 26.