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Rajab Suleiman & Kithara

Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 7:30 PM

At the Moss Arts Center, 190 Alumni Mall, Blacksburg, VA 24061
In the Street and Davis Performance Hall's Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre

$25 general admission, $10 students with ID and children 18 and under
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Without nostalgia or sentimentality, [Kithara] renews the

scintillating taarab in all its acoustic subtlety and


lesinrocks.com (France)

The lush sights and sounds of Zanzibar are embodied in taarab music, which has defined the island’s aural landscape for over a century. Renowned for its mix of Arabic and western instruments, diva-worthy vocalizations, and Swahili lyrics, this venerable form is ambitiously renewed by Rajab Suleiman & Kithara.
“Zanzibar is an island where many people have come to live and trade for many centuries, so our music is a mix of African, Arab, Indian, and also European influences,” Suleiman muses. “It’s not all that different from America, in that way.”
This marks the ensemble’s debut tour to the United States, as part of Center StageSM, an exchange program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, produced by the New England Foundation for the Arts.


Learn more about Rajab Suleiman & Kithara in our 2016-2017 Learning Guide .


Advance program notes are provided online for our patrons who like to read about performances ahead of time. Printed programs will be provided to patrons at the performances. Programs are subject to change. View advance program notes here.


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Photos by Werner Graebner and Ruth Waalkes


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Rajab Suleiman & Kithara

Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 7:30 PM


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All performances take place in the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, in the Street and Davis Performance Hall, unless otherwise noted.