Culturally Yours is an all-female a cappella group dedicated to sharing music
written, performed, or popularized by persons of African descent. The group
was begun when a group of musically inclined students took a look at Princeton
University's a cappella scene and decided that there was something lacking:
soul. So they put their heads together and, after months of hard work, started
Culturally Yours, a cappella with soul, in February of 1992. Originally co-ed,
the group soon became all-female, which it remains today. Though the group's
membership has always been between five and 10, we don't let our intimate size
keep us from thinking big.
Any young ladies who have the desire to share our purpose through song are invited to audition in the fall or spring. (Sorry guys, but you're welcome to be groupies!)
Spring 1997 - Celebration!
On February 22, we held our fifth anniversary concert. Special guests were Princeton's own Shere Khan and U Penn's The Inspiration. It was truly a phenomenal event! Some other events included singing the National Anthem for two basketball games, performing at Princeton's Black Arts Company show, The Inspiration's spring show, a performance in NYC, and various shows for Reunions Weekend here at Princeton.
Fall 1997 - CY Hits the Road!
During Fall Break, the group embarked upon its first tour in three years. We stopped in Philadelphia, D.C., Virginia, N.C., and finally Atlanta. We love the *sights* and sounds of the South, and since Georgia is Jackie P.'s home state, we felt right at home too. Having a group of women in a van together for a week was intense at times, but we had fun (especially at Morehouse...)
On December 7, Culturally Yours performed at the first annual Collegiate a cappella Holiday Performance Series at Rockefeller Center in New York City. We loved "The Big Apple", and it loved us. Some of the unsuspecting tourists thought we were famous and asked to take pictures with us.
Campus events included the Annual Black Solidarity Day Dinner, our first holiday arch (where we heated up chilly Blair Arch), and a unique Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanzaa program.
We stayed pretty low-key this semester. We performed at a special tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Seton Hall University where Dr. King's daughter, Berniece King, was speaker. We were also special guests at a Black History Month Celebration at a local church. Finally, we held a somewhat provocative Farewell Arch for senior Suriya Douglas (-sniff, sniff-).
CY has a lot in store for this year! In addition to standard performances on and off campus, we plan to take a road trip down to New Orleans for winter break. Yay!!!! We will also begin recording our FIRST CD this spring.