Africasong Communications, Inc.
608 279-7000 or 608 279-7001
Toll Free 877 279-7077
PO Box 44855
Madison, Wisconsin 53744-4855
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Greetings and thank you for visiting AFRICASONG.
In Outre-mer: A pilgrimage beyond the sea, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1835) described his travels around Europe and, what he learned about culture and society during his excursions. He stated, “music is the universal language of mankind”. I resonate with his conclusion and I believe in the power of music to create increased understanding about those who are different. This idea is shared by many in the music world and it serves, informs and in fact inspired the creation of AFRICASONG.
Africasong’s mission is dedicated to the presentation of edifying culturally-inclusive productions and events, education, publications and research on diverse forms of music.
Africasong’s campaign serves as a means to illuminating varied artists, the findings of musicologists, world music enthusiasts, performers and composers, as well as the overwhelming collective of marginalized groups around the globe who musical voices are often misunderstood. Africasong believes in helping to further create, promote, and sustain a world where all and not just some are remembered, edified and celebrated through the transformative power of music created around the globe.
Since the beginning of time, humans have struggled to find a binding cure for human hatred. Slain U.S. Civil Rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., held that hatred paralyzes, darkens, and confuses life (King, Jr., 1963).
History’s not so distant past reveals that hatred played a role in the enslavement of Africans in America and the persecution of Jews in Germany. More recently, hatred resulted in massive genocide in Rwanda, civil war that engulfed Uganda, ethnic strife in Sierra Leone, the cruelty of apartheid in South Africa, and widespread murder in the ethnic cleansing in Bosnia. The tragic event of 9-11, recent attacks in Paris and beyond, provide only a modest representation of a much broader global challenge linked to human hatred, intolerance and humanity’s failure to embrace and celebrate difference.
AFRICASONG was created in 1992 as a response to episodes of hatred in the U.S. as well as other worldwide acts where misplaced nationalism, deeply held racism, gender discrimination, xenophobia, religious intolerance as well as the horrific violence that contributes to the disease of human hatred around the world.
AFRICASONG will host the Sacred World Music Research Project that will explore various genre’s of sacred music around the globe. Many of the discoveries will be posted here and will include historical practices, ideas, narratives, photos, video and shared conversations “in the field” as a means of providing a scholarly and culturally inclusive review of sacred expressions through world music. As the primary investigator on the project, I hope to learn if increased understanding of the daily rituals, traditions, customs and beliefs of diverse groups, may lead to reduced human hatred (see the Sacred World Music page for more details).
AFRICASONG is also pleased to again produce Wisconsin’s Annual “Tribute & Ceremony” honoring the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Monday, January, 16, 2017, 12 Noon, Capitol Rotunda, Madison, Wisconsin.
Thank you for visiting AFRICASONG. Along with other supporters, I look forward to the future and how we might better serve diverse communities “near and far”.
CONTRIBUTIONS TO AFRICASONG ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE
For more information about your tax deductible gift
call 608 279-7000 or 608 279-7001
Toll Free 877 279-7077 or write to us care of
PO Box 44855 Madisonk, Wisconsin 53744-4855
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Africasong Communications, a not-for-profit 501C3 registered with the State of Wisconsin, in the United States. It is a charitable agency dedicated to culturally inclusive programming, education, music productions and publications designed to educate, edify and entertain.
Since Africasong’s official beginning in January 2000, our onus
of drawing diverse cultures together in a variety of celebratory settings remains at the core of our programming efforts.
We believe that the arts serve as a powerful venue for building bridges between different groups by illuminating their contributions to our collective way of life and culture here in Wisconsin and beyond.
We hope you agree and moreover, we hope you’ll help us continue to build lasting bridges across racial, religious, social, geographic and cultural lines, by supporting our efforts with your personal financial pledge. We need your help to sustain “good community” throughout Wisconsin, our nation and the world.
Help Africasong celebrate, edify, educate and entertain audiences through it efforts to render inclusive and diverse programming.
2016 Board Members
Rev. Vern Visick, Chair
Amy T. Overby, Managing Director
Deborah Biddle, Member At Large, July 1, 2016
Dr. Jonathan L. Overby, Founder and Executive Director
Africasong is seeking additional board members – to apply, call
608 279-7000 or e-mail: email@example.com
Former Africasong Board Members
Oscar Mireles, Omega School – Chair
Walter L. Smith, Jr. Graybar Electric Company, Milwaukee
Alfred Hall WI Department of Regulation and Licensing
Lucille Badger, W.O.R.T. Radio host and WNWC Radio, 102.5 FM, Madison