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Yewande to perform at Hiller Auditorium

Blues, rock and soul singer Yewande
2/20/2006 —

Yewande to perform at Hiller Auditorium

DuBois - The Penn State DuBois cultural events series presents blues, rock and soul singer Yewande, Monday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m., Hiller Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public; seating is limited.

"A Journey of Spirit: Rhythms and Rhymes" is a voyage through the fascinating evolution of music and popular culture in American history. Through a series of interactive demonstrations, Yewande (pronounced E-wán-day) can transform a small auditorium into a mesmerizing live concert experience. From the beat of the African drum and haunting call of spiritual song, to the birth of rock and hypnotic pulse of hip-hop, viewers will connect pivotal social movements to the rhythms and rhymes of today’s most popular music, along with a performance of Yewande’s own award-winning songs. 

In an industry that promotes one flavor of the month after the other, Yewande has become one of the most sought after independent artists in the music world. Woven in a tapestry of blues, rock and soul, her socially charged brand of urban rock music has captured audiences from Black Entertainment Television's "106th & Park" to Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She has already taken center stage with the likes of the Black Eyed Peas, Enrique Iglesias, Michelle Branch and Maroon 5.

As one of Mountain Dew’s Top 12 AMP college artists in the nation, fans eagerly await her upcoming MTV debut. With the success of her debut CD, "Evolution," Yewande seems destined to change how society views life and listens to music. Her universal sound and messages of hope have empowered thousands of young listeners on the college circuit. In addition to her solo and band shows, schools unanimously praise her award-winning lecture-performance, "A Journey of Spirit: Rhythms and Rhymes" for its compelling insight on music, popular culture and social change.

Yewande describes herself as living "outside of the box."  

"I was always different. [As a teen] I had bad hair, bad makeup and was more interested with music and social issues," she said. Addressing today's youth, Yewande says after nearly every show, she is overwhelmed with some of the very questions that once riddled her often isolated adolescence: "fitting in with peers, pursuing their dreams, feeling left out for the color of their skin."

With stories so eerily familiar to those of her own African and American-Indian ancestors and personal experiences, Yewande said quickly realized that she had created a platform to bridge the gap between music, race and culture not only with her voice, but also with her words. 

Classical training in voice and piano at Carnegie Mellon Conservatory of Music and Howard University long fueled her passion for the history of music, but what about the courageous pioneers behind it? Audience members will further hear stories of the men and women who overcame great obstacles to impact social change and ultimately shift the course of history through music.  How did they survive?  How did rhythms and rhymes change their lives? And how can today’s youth inspire change in the world around them? "A Journey of Spirit" embraces cultural differences, eradicates stereotypes and encourages greater social understanding, because music is not just lyrics, beats or clever rhymes, but history that has shaped music for all times.


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For more information, contact Erin Chorney, Public Information Officer at Penn State DuBois, at 814-375-4776 or by email at edc11@psu.edu

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