The Kahilu Theatre presents two great musical concerts in the week of Martin Luther King day, both events featuring musicians whose activism in the areas of peace and human justice resonates with the holiday.
Kahilu presents Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi, on Friday January 24 at 7pm.
Known around the world as a truly great guitarist, vocalist, performer and composer, his trademark is his deep and gutsy voice. A member of Zimbabwe’s KoreKore tribe, Mtukudzi sings in the nation’s dominant Shona language along with Ndebele and English. He also incorporates elements of different musical traditions, giving his music a distinctive style, known to fans as “Tuku Music.”
Mtukudzi was named Zimbabwe’s first UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Eastern and Southern Africa and was awarded the prestigious Cavaliere of the Order of Merit Award by the Italian Government in recognition of his work as an international musician and activist. Mtukudzi has toured around the world, performing for large audiences, and deserves the accolade of world music super star, and nickname “the giant of Zimbabwe”.
Kahilu presents Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum on Sunday January 26 at 4pm.
Bluegrass vocalist and fiddle player Laurie Lewis is one of the great country and bluegrass vocalists of our time, Laurie’s 30-year career as a stirring vocalist, gifted songwriter, champion fiddler, and topnotch bandleader has earned her a Grammy, and twice named her Female Vocalist of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association. She is joined by longtime collaborator mandolin/guitarist Tom Rozum. Tom’s crisp musicianship and comic banter add verve and excitement to every Laurie Lewis performance. Expect their characteristically versatile and engaging offering of love songs, laments, social commentary, and freewheelin’ fun in the spirit of old-time music.
Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine recognized Laurie’s musicianship and service work with this quote; “Laurie’s strength manifests in many ways: her commanding presence on stage combined with an emotional vulnerability, the truths in her lyrics, her physical voice which transcends gender, her strong commitment to causes and issues in which she deeply believes, which all resonate with a respect for the land, the natural world, and human mercy and justice.”
For both performances, tickets range from $20 to $65, with discounts for Kahilu Theatre members, available in advance from the Theatre’s new website www.kahilutheatre.org. Public can also drop in at the theatre or call the box office from 9am to 12noon, at (808) 885-6868.
The “Tuku” concert is sponsored by: Herb & Sunny Aston, Melanie Holt & Tim Bostock, Dr. John Stover & Bayardo Aviles – Cosmetic Centers of Hawai`i. The Lewis & Rozum concert is sponsored by Phillip & Jo Ann Conley.