Wooster Chorus to Perform with Kenya’s Taifa Mziki on Feb. 21

Free public concert to be held in Gault Recital Hall of Scheide Music Center

18 February, 2014 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — The Wooster Chorus, under the direction of Lisa Wong, will join Taifa Mziki, an all-male a cappella ensemble from Nairobi, Kenya, for a concert on Friday, Feb. 21, at The College of Wooster. The performance, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Gault Recital Hall of Scheide Music Center (525 E. University St.) beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The Wooster Chorus will perform several contemporary American pieces, as well as two Kenyan pieces. Taifa Mziki, a student-led ensemble directed by Sylvester Makobi, will present both traditional and popular music of Kenya. There will also be a combined piece featuring both ensembles at the end of the concert.

Taifa Mziki, which was founded in 2010, aims to be an ambassador of African Music. The group's name means, "music that brings people together to make one nation." Their repertoire is predominantly African pop music and folksongs arranged for male voices. The members come from different ethnic communities and use their diversity as an opportunity to learn songs from different languages.

Regarded as one of the best all-male choral groups in Kenya, Taifa Mziki was invited to perform at the premier of the International Student Film Festival in Nairobi in 2011, and sang in the first televised choir competition in East Africa, "The Kwaya," in 2012. Most members of the ensemble are university students involved in choral music mentorship programs in high schools across the country. Through this program, they encourage young people to join or form choirs to create a platform to promote peace.

Additional information about the concert is available by phone (330-263-2419) or e-mail.