Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice

Tony Vacca and Bideew Bou Bess

Photo by Jennifer Rodriquez
Evening Programs
Date and Time: 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 7:00pm

Concert for All Ages

In collaboration, these musicians will bring us a fabulous evening of rhythm, lyric and song.

Tony Vacca is an innovative American percussionist whose work has fueled the rediscovery of the power of the drum, and the power of music to build global common ground. He incorporates percussion instruments from a world of traditions that includes African, Caribbean, Asian and Middle-Eastern influences, to which he adds some of his spoken word and rhythm poetry. Using giant West African balafons, over twenty incredible Paiste gongs, djembe, djun-djun, talking drums and an outrageous percussion drumset, Tony Vacca has created a unique blend of rhythm, word, and drum that has come to be the signature of his work.

Some might call Bideew Bou Bess 21st Century griots or see them as the living link between African and American Hip-Hop traditions, or as outspoken global citizens.  But whatever you call them, the Senegalese group called Bideew Bou Bess creates music that is an effortless, innovative fusion of traditions and languages.