Friday, October 31, 2014

The African Guitar Summit to Perform at the Dennos

The Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College will present the Juno Award winning African Guitar Summit on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 8:00 PM in Milliken Auditorium.

Tickets are $27 advance, $30 at the door and $24 for museum members plus fees. Tickets may be purchased on line at, or by calling the Museum Box office at 231-995-1553; also at 1-800-836-0717 or

The Dennos Museum Center invites you to indulge in the sounds of the finest Canadian guitarists of African origin – 2005 Juno Award winners for World Music Album of the Year – African Guitar Summit. This star-studded collective unites the talents of 5 musicians, each an expert in their individual style and together creating musical magic with African Guitar Summit.

Do not miss the opportunity to experience live this superb and unique achievement for African music; the mix of musicians who are distinct in cultural backgrounds and languages yet sharing stories and singing each other’s praises, the inspiration of these skilled hands and voices joined in common to reach the summit…A truly incredible experience!

African Guitar Summit features: From Guinea, the smooth fire of Juno Award winner Alpha YaYa Diallo; and the heartbeat of drummer Kofi Ackah; from Kenya, the Fiesta guitar of Professor Adam Solomon; and from Madagascar the quicksilver guitars and harmonies of Donne Roberts and multiple Juno Award winner, Madagascar Slim. Their debut CD “African Guitar Summit” was honored with a Juno as World Music Album of the Year at the 2005 Juno Awards in April. Their second album, “African Guitar Summit II”, garnered a 2007 Juno award nomination in the same category.

“I consider the African Guitar Summit one of the great musical finds of my concert producing efforts,” says Gene Jenneman, Executive Director of the Dennos Museum Center. “Whether I am playing their music for friends here or in Beijing, as I have in recent years, the reaction is the same – people love its infectious rhythm and joyful sounds. When I heard them in Toronto years ago now, I had to have them at the Dennos. This is only their third tour in the United States, the first two organized by the Dennos!”

The 2014-2015 performance season at the Dennos Museum Center is made possible with support from arts Midwest, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Robert T and Ruth Haidt Trust, and the Osterlin Performance Endowment with media support from WNMC 90.7, WCMU Public Broadcasting, Northern Express and TV 29&8 – 7&4. Housing for our performers is provided by the Cambria Suites and Country Inn and Suites.

The Dennos Museum Center is open daily 10 AM to 5 PM, Thursday’s until 8 PM and Sundays 1-5 PM. For more information on the Museum and its programs, go to or call 231-995-1055. The Dennos Museum Center is located at 1410 College Dr., Traverse City, MI 49686, at the entrance to the campus of Northwestern Michigan College.

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