Godfrey - Mustard Seed Peace Project will host the Concert for Zambia from 6-11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 in the Trimpe Building Advanced Technology Center on Lewis and Clark Community College's Godfrey campus.
Proceeds from the event, which costs $20 per ticket, will support the local grassroots organization's Education Sponsorship Program in the rural Lukulu Region of Zambia.
“We feel that by promoting education in this rural community in Zambia we will also be providing these youth with the tools necessary to become productive leaders in their communities,” said Teresa Cranmer, founder and president of Mustard Seed Peace Project. “For just $90 a year we can provide a child with an education and make a significant difference in his or her life.”
This one night only celebration of art, dancing and music will kick off an art exhibit that will remain on campus for a month in conjunction with the college's Black History Month programming. Many large “SilverScreen Quilts” - works of cloth, paint and mixed media inspired by African American films and cinema - will be on display. Sun Smith-Foret, a nationally recognized textile artist, uses the African American technique of strip piecing as a vehicle to structure compelling graphic imagery.
“I wish to locate myself and my artwork in a rationally, emotionally, spiritually, and humanely arrived at multi-cultural future with roots in narrative tradition,” Smith-Foret said.
The concert will feature world music and dance from Kreative Pandemonium, a rhythm, song and dance ensemble dedicated to preserving culture and creating new experiences within the African Diasporas.
From 9-11 p.m., Zion and the Lion Roots Band will enlighten and entertain the audience with Roots Reggae music. Their dynamic performance is a force that encompasses peace, love, unity and spirituality. Zion was born and raised on the island of Dominica, and has moved to the area and joined forces with the Lion Roots Band to mesmerize audiences with their beautiful vocals, hypnotic rhythms and uplifting message. The group performs all original reggae music written by Zion who has released three albums and is finishing the fourth, titled "Crying for Freedom." The group represents a powerhouse of talent that will captivate listeners with their tight, crisp delivery. Background vocals create a heavenly dimension of harmonies.
“It will be an honor to play for this event,” Zion said. “The cause of this benefit is what I live for.”
The $20 entry fee includes live entertainment, heavy appetizers and an art exhibit. A cash bar will be available starting at 6 p.m.
Advance tickets may be purchased online at: www.MustardSeedPeaceProject.org
View the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/338655732829722/
Jan. 6, 2012
UPDATE: Raw Earth has been removed from the concert lineup, and replaced by Kreative Pandemonium.