The following artists will appear courtesy of The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts at the Jefferson County Technical and Community College (JCTC) Unity Arts & Culture Festival. This year's festival theme is "Appalachia/Affrilachia." The event, comprised of arts education and live performances, takes place Wednesday, April 14 (Southwest Campus) and Thursday, April 15 (downtown Louisville campus).
Jayme Stone & Yacouba Sissoko: Africa to Appalachia
Two-time Juno Award-winning banjo player and composer Jayme Stone and acclaimed Mailian Kora master Yacouba Sissoko build a boundary-crossing musical bridge. The duo will also perform Thursday, April 15, at The Kentucky Center. Learn more about the 4/15 public performance.
Carla Gover with Brett Ratliff: Traditional Sounds of Appalachia
Award-winning singler, songwriter, clogger, and "Appalachian Diva," Carla Gover performs with bluegrass/old-time musician Bret Ratliff. "The hills are alive...with the sounds of mountain music."
Frank X. Walker - Affrilachian Poet
Founding Affrilachian Poet, Frank is the author of four poetry collections. His "Buffalo Dance: The Journey of York" won the Lillian Smith Book Award (2004). A 2005 recipient of the Lannan Literary Fellowship in Poetry, Walker serves as Writer in Residence and lecturer of English at Northern Kentucky University and is the proud editor and publisher of PLUCK!, the new Journal of Affrilachian Art & Culture.
Makalani Bandele - Affrilachian Poet
Affrilachian Poet, anthologized in My Brother's Keeper, The Storytellers, an upcoming issue of the African-American Review, and a new chapbook "The Cadence of Echoes."
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
JCTC Southwest Campus - Student Community Center
1000 Community College Drive, Louisville, KY 40272
10 - 10:30 a.m. Festival Artists - recorded music
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Makalani Bandele
10:45 - 11:15 a.m. Carla Gover & Brett Ratliff
11:20 - 11:35 a.m. Makalani Bandele
11:50 - 12:20 p.m. Jayme Stone & Yacouba Sissoko
12:20 - 12:35 p.m. Makalani Bandele
12:40 - 1:10 p.m. Carla Gover & Brett Ratliff
1:15 - 1:45 p.m. Jayme Stone & Yacouba Sissoko
1:45 - 2 p.m. Makalani Bandele
2 - 3 p.m. Square Dance! with John Haywood & Friends
Thursday, April 15, 2010
JCTC Downtown Campus, HB Lobby/Plaza
10 - 10:20 a.m. Cynthia Fletcher/JCTC students
10:30 - 10:50 a.m. JCTC Theatre Department
11 - 11:30 a.m. Carla Gover & Brett Ratliff
11:40 - noon Cynthia Fletcher & JCTC students
Noon - 12:30 p.m. Frank X. Walker (HB auditorium)
12:15 - 12:45 p.m. Jayme Stone & Yacouba Sissoko
1 - 1:30 p.m. Frank X. Walker (HB auditorium)
1 - 1:30 p.m. Carla Gover & Brett Ratliff
1:40 - 2:10 p.m. Jayme Stone & Yacouba Sissoko
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Square Dance! with John Haywood & Friends