During the Illinois International Week, join the Illinois Global Institute centers and the African Student Organization for an evening of international music, featuring the Afro-Brazilian percussion ensemble Bloco Gavião, Balekita's group and David Chiriboga!
Jean Rene Balekita & Bomoyi (Congolese Rumba Group)
"Jean Rene Balekita is the founder of the musical group Bomoyi, which performs original songs blending Congolese Rumba and Gospel styles. Bomoyi has released popular recordings and musical videos in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which resulted in musical tours through Europe and the United States in 2009. When Bomoyi returned to the United States in 2015, Balekita settled in Champaign-Urbana and has performed in a number of local venues, from the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts to the Rose Bowl Tavern. Balekita is committed to sharing the cultural arts of his country and reaching people from different socio-cultural backgrounds."
An Afro-Brazilian inspired community drum ensemble developed in collaboration with Capoeira Angola Center of Mestre João Grande-Illinois committed to promoting access to the beauty and richness of Afro-Brazilian musical traditions.