Wabash Music Professor to Perform at Carnegie Hall

by Jim Amidon

February 23, 2004

James Makubuya
Carnegie Hall in collaboration with the New York World Music Institute presents the Music of East Africa by the Ugandan Instrumental virtuoso James Makubuya and the Music of West Africa by the 87-yearold Guinean Sory Kouyate.

Makubuya is an associate professor of Music at Wabash College, joining the faculty in 2000 after previously teaching at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Makerere, his master’s from Catholic University, and his Ph.D. from UCLA.

The program opens with James Makubuya on the adungu (harp), endingidi (1-string fiddle), endongo (8-string lyre), akogo (thumb piano) and madinda (12-slab log xylophone) all of which feature the hypnotic yet little known melodic traditions of the East African nation of Uganda

Then following the first half will be the Guinean Sory Kouyate on the balafon (xylophone), Yacouba Sissoko on the kora (harp-lute), and Bailo Bah on the tambin (horizontal flute) highlighting the intriguing sounds associated with the Fulani nomadic people of West Africa.

Makubuya has introduced the Wabash College community to the music of East Africa through the formation of Wamidan, a musical ensemble that includes native stringed instruments, thumb pianos, log xylophones, drums, and dancers. The group performs several concerts on campus each year and has traveled to local schools and churches.

Makubuya’s concert is presented by Carnegie Hall in Partnership with the World Music Institute, New York City, Carnegie Hall. The performance is scheduled for Saturday February 28, 2004 starting at 8:30 p.m. at 7th Ave. & 57th St. Call (212) 247-7800 for tickets, which are priced at are $30, $25, $20, and $15.


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