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Spurlock Museum WorldFest: Qwanqwa

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Spurlock Museum
Jun 23, 2021   8:00 am  

The Spurlock Museum’s 15th annual WorldFest, a celebration of the variety of performance arts practiced around the world, will be held virtually with the release of three performance videos on the Museum’s Facebook page (external link). The videos will be released at 8 AM on June 16, 23, and 30. Each of the videos will remain on the Spurlock Museum’s Facebook page (external link), as well as its YouTube channel (external link) for viewing at later date.

On June 23, the Museum will post a video by the group Qwanqwa, in which the members perform songs and dances from Ethiopia. The style of singing in this video is Azmari. Azmaris are an ethnic subgroup of the northern Ethiopian Amhara people, known to be the keepers of musical traditions, similar to Griots or Troubadours. The word Qwanqwa means "language" in Amharic, and by choosing this name the group is bringing to life the concept of music as a universal language.

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