Concord University News
For Immediate Release: 
Jan 27 2004

Osubi Craig Brings Rhythm to Concord, Monday, February 9

Athens, W. Va. - Concord College will host musician and performer Osubi Imo Craig on Monday, February 9 at 8 p.m. Craig is an accomplished drummer whose musical style is a fusion of traditional African rhythms layered with Afro-Cuban and Latin undertones as well as the jazz and “R&B” funk of the African-American culture. In addition to Craig’s drumming, his performance will also include elements of dance, history and folklore.

Craig began his performance career as a young drummer and dancer with “Children of the Diaspora,” a children’s dance and theatre group. Since then, he has dedicated himself to the perpetuation, presentation and study of West African percussion. Craig has learned how to play the instruments of the djimbe orchestra, the ashiko drums, the congas and the bata drums.

“I use my music as a vehicle for teaching world history, promoting cultural awareness, and revealing the relationships that exist between American, African-American and traditional African music and culture,” says Craig of his performing career.

Craig was a charter member of the Omicron Gamma Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Professional Music Fraternity at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in 1995. Since then he has become a member of many arts and arts education agencies, as well as, many performing groups. Craig’s professional affiliations include: the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (Baltimore, Md.), Lincoln Center Institute (New York, N.Y.), Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (Harrisburg, Pa.) and the Black College Dance Exchange, of which he is a board member. Craig’s performing affiliations include: “Dromatala Hand-and-Stick Drumming of the African Diaspora,” “Prophecy Dance Works,” “Kulu Mele African American Drum and Dance Ensemble,” “Troupe Da Da,” “Ujuma Dance Company” and the “Skeleton Dance Project.” He also co-founded the drumming ensemble “Lions of Judah” in 1991.

Craig will perform in the Main Theatre of the Alexander Fine Arts Center at Concord College on February 9 at 8 p.m. Reservations are not required for this event. For more information contact the Concord College Box Office at 1-304-384-5101 or e-mail boxoffice@concord.edu.

This program is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on Arts.

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CONCORD COLLEGE NOTES: Persons with disabilities should contact Rick Dillon, 1-304-384-5231 if special assistance or help is required for access to an event scheduled by the College on campus.

This press release was written by Thomas K. Fisher III, a senior in Concord College’s communication arts program. Thomas is from Colcord, W.Va., and expects to graduate in May 2004.
 

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