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Sosa brings Afro-Cuban jazz to Princeton

Saturday, March 29, 2008, 8 p.m. Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall
Grammy-nominated Cuban composer and pianist Omar Sosa will bring his unique style of Afro-Cuban jazz to Princeton for a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 29, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.

The performance will cap Sosa's three-day visit to the University as part of the Council of the Humanities' visiting fellows program. Anthony D.J. Branker, director of Princeton's jazz program, nominated Sosa to come to campus to meet with students and offer master classes. His visit is hosted by the Department of Music and the Program in Latin American Studies.

Sosa is a major force in the world of fusion music who synthesizes different cultures, from African, Latin American and Afro-Cuban to American hip-hop and jazz. His latest release, "Afreecanos," continues Sosa's explorations of the roots of traditional music throughout the African Diaspora, using modern jazz harmonies and the latest audio technology. "Afreecanos" incorporates musical traditions from Cuba, Brazil, Morocco, Senegal, Guinea, Mali and Mozambique.

The March 29 concert, "From Cuba to Africa: An Evening of Black Atlantic Jazz," will feature Sosa with his Afreecanos Ensemble, including Senegalese vocalist Mola Sylla. It is sponsored by the Program in Latin American Studies, the Department of Music, the Council of the Humanities, the Center for African American Studies and Princeton University Concerts.

Tickets are free for Tiger Ticket holders, $8 for students and $16 for others. They are available online through University Ticketing or by calling the Richardson box office at (609) 258-5000.

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