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Afriky Lolo Dance and Music at Forest Park

March 02, 2011

Experience the best of traditional and modern West African dance and Afro-European inspired music this weekend when the Afriky Lolo West African Dance Company and the St. Louis Community College-Forest Park Music department present a concert showcasing West African dance, western melodies and African instruments.

Afriky Lolo is the next World Music Concert Series at the Mildred E. Bastian Center for the Performing Arts, 5600 Oakland Ave. Concerts are set for 8 p.m. on Friday, March 4, and at 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 5.

Afriky Lolo dancer  
Afriky Lolo dancer

The three performances also will feature Forest Park student Matthew Clark on drums and an original composition by Tom Zirkle, music professor. “Quatre Batons” is a piece composed in an African style for djembes and dun-uns, traditional West African drums, with non-traditional wooden poles ranging from about four to eight feet. These four poles, translated into French for "four sticks," are the basis for the title.

The event is free for students, faculty and staff with St. Louis Community College ID. It is open to the public, and tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for children age 12 and under. Tickets are available at the door by cash, check or charge. To purchase tickets in advance with cash or check, call 314-276-1913. Tickets can be purchased with a credit card at www.brownpapertickets.com.

For more information, call 314-644-9381.