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Out Of Africa (May 5th) - Newton, NJ

Location: New Jersey, USA
Choir type: Chamber Choirs and Vocal Ensembles
Voicing: Mixed
Zephyr Vocal Ensemble, an a cappella ensemble launched in 2011, is delighted to announce that it has relocated to Newton, NJ to be more accessible and centrally located for its audiences.           
Out Of Africa, Zephyr’s spring program, will present the exotic sounds, rhythms, and color palettes of Africa and of countries whose music is influenced by African music: the Caribbean islands, Brazil, Venezuela, Cuba, and the U.S. Included will be protest music of the South African apartheid movement, classical pieces based upon Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latin American dance forms; Jamaican reggae, music of the American chain gangs, spirituals, jazz, Motown, and a few only distantly-related songs just for fun. Music sung by a variety of small groups, men's and women's, and full choir. Movement added to the music by choreographer Tina Wallace, co-owner of NJ Fitness and Dance in Stanhope.
Mxolisi Matyila: Bawo Thixo Somandla
trad., arr. André van der Merwe: Vela! Asambeni Siyekhaya!
Ladysmith Black Mambazo & Paul Simon, arr. Patrick Autilio: Homeless
Elton John, arr. Chris Crawford: The Circle of Life
Haiti: Gabriel T. Guillaume and Sydney Guillaume: Kalinda
Jamaica: Bob Marley, arr. Suba Sankaran & Dylan Bell: Three Little Birds
       arr. Belafonte/Autilio: Banana Boat Song (Day-o) (audience participation)
arr. Robert DeCormier: Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder
trad. melody & harmony: Deep River
trad., arr.: Allen Koepke: Wade in de Water
Hammerstein/Kern, arr. Ward Swingle: All the Things You Are
Duke Ellington & Bob Russell, arr. Ward Swingle: Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Duke Ellington & Irving Mills, arr. Deke Sharon: It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing
Ysaye M. Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock: Wanting Memories
Marvin Gaye, arr. Deke Sharon: I Heart It Through the Grapevine
David Paich & Jeff Porcaro/arr. Phillip Lawson: Africa
Venezuela: Oscar Galián: Salseo
trad. Cuban/arr. Stephen Hatfield: Son de Camaguey
Brazil: D.S. Tatnall & Francisco Mignone: Cateretê
Date:  May 5th, 2012
Times:  two showings at 4 PM and 8 PM
Venue:  First United Methodist Church of Newton, NJ
       111 Ryerson Ave., Newton, NJ    Directions:
       Advance tix (online): $15 regular/$9 senior & teen/FREE to 12 & under and unemployed, at
       At the door: $20 regular/$10 senior & teen/$5 12 & under/FREE to unemployed
As a help to African small businesses and artisans, Zephyr will be offering beautiful merchandise ordered directly from Africa at its merchandise table. Each purchase goes entirely to support African artisans through African Home, a Fair Trade Organization based in Cape Town, South Africa. Bring a few extra dollars to purchase a lovely African jewelry or décor piece for someone special as a Mother's Day gift, and simultaneously do something to support African businesses.
A special joint promotion with the elegant French restaurant, André’s Restaurant  at 188 Spring St., will consist of its award-winning prix fixe dinner, 4 courses for $40. For the special promotion, dinner reservations must be made in advance at (973) 300-4192, Zephyr tickets must be purchased in advance, and the resulting emailed confirmation response from Zephyr (or ticket purchased in advance from a Zephyr singer or board member) be brought into the restaurant. Zephyr is excited to collaborate with André’s Restaurant to bring its audiences a complete afternoon or evening of multisensory delights. Andre's' is rated by Zagat as a "Best New Jersey Best Buy" specifically for its fine prix fixe dinner:
Zephyr, a regionally-performing ensemble, presented six songs on the spring concert programs of the Ridgewood, NJ-based Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus on April 21st and 22nd as a specially-invited guest performing ensemble. Other recent performances, in addition to its own concerts, have been as special guests of Basking Ridge's Ridge Light Opera annual A Cappella Jamboree, as well as EarthFest in Vernon, NJ, An Evening With the Stars Sussex Co. Arts Council gala benefit concert, Warwick NY's Applefest, and elsewhere.
Zephyr is seeking a qualified baritone and tenor 2 to fill current openings, as well as singers in all voice parts for its Alternate List. See or call (973) 400-ZEPH (9374) for more information. Seeking helpers in the areas of graphic design, publicity, marketing, social media, and offering a $1500 stipend to an arts administrative assistant. (Send inquiries to
Please visit for more information about the ensemble. Here's a YouTube clip to preview the group (Overture to the Barber of Seville, arr. Lawson):
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