In the Loop

Concert with Jomion and the Uklos, UF Afro Pop Ensemble, and Pazeni Sauti Africa Choir

  • Date & Time
    • Friday, April 08, 2022 7:00pm to 11:30pm
  • Cost
    • Free
  • Description

    Join us for Afro Roots Fest 2022 - a series of workshops and concerts around Gainesville.

    This concert is showcasing Jomion and the Uklos, UF Afro Pop Ensemble, and Pazeni Sauti Africa Choir.

    Jomion & The Uklos is a family band from Benin, West Africa, led by Samuel "Jomion" Gnonlonfoun, founder of the internationally renowned Gangbé Brass Band. With his brothers JB & Mathieu and his daughter Rose, Jomion combines traditional rhythms and songs from Vodoun (Voodoo) culture with reggae, salsa and jazz to create vibrant, relaxed dance music he named Whedo-vodoo-jazz(W.V.J)

    Founded in 2021, UF's African Popular Music Ensemble specializes in the popular music of the African continent, with a special focus on Afrobeat, highlife, soukous, and African jazz. The ensemble, directed by Dr. Sarah Politz, features students from the School of Music, musicians from the Gainesville community, and selected guest artists. The 2021 program will include arrangements of popular music from Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, and Guinea, as well as Afro-diasporic sacred music from Haiti and Cuba.

    Pazeni Sauti is UF's only Africa Choir. Singing in multiple African languages, the choir brings diversity and entertainment to all its shows and events. Pazeni Sauti Africa Choir was established to spread awareness and appreciation of African culture through song and music.

    See you there!

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  • Venue
    Bo Diddley Plaza - 111 E University Ave