On Tuesday, August 3, the African Artists’ Community Development Project will offer two vocal workshops led by Melanie DeMore. The first, a children’s workshop, will be held at 2 pm upstairs in the Grange Hall on State Road in West Tisbury. There will also be an African craft sale on the porch from 12 noon to 4:30 pm. The second workshop, for adults, will be held at the Charter School, also on State Road, at 6 pm. Participants of both workshops will sing at a fundraising event at Union Chapel in Oak Bluffs on Thursday night, August 5 at 7:30 pm.
The concert will be preceded by a party in East Chop at the home of Jonathon Whiting and Susan Thompson at 4:30 for an hour with the musicians, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. In addition, there will also be a silent auction at Union Chapel between 6 to 7 pm, where one of the items featured will be a quilt that is the collaboration of the Oak Bluffs Council on Aging Quilters and the No. 1 Lusaka Ladies Craft Society, a part of the African Artists’ Community Development Project.
Suesan Stovall, a classy vocalist, will open the concert with her soulful, bluesy styling at 7:30. Melanie DeMore follows at 8 with the community chorus. Finally, Ms. DeMore will offer a solo set.
Those who have worked with singer-songwriter Ms. DeMore don’t soon forget the experience. Her sense of humor and joyfulness are infectious, and her knowledge of singing is impressive.
Thanks to her rich bass voice, easy confidence, and generous spirit, she has an uncanny ability to inspire and energize people of all ages, even if they think they don’t know how to sing. Last fall she led singing workshops in several Island schools, which culminated in a joint community performance at the Performing Arts Center that brought the audience to their feet.
“Over the years, I have developed a number of vocal and educational music workshops that grew out of my many years as a choral conductor, vocal coach, and teacher,” says Ms. DeMore. “I’ve presented these programs at universities and international choral music festivals; I’ve led singing workshops with computer programmers, college faculties, corporations, and churches. I love to get folks to sing together who normally don’t. There’s nothing like presenting to a convention of psychiatrists and having em’ all singing at the top of their lungs and grinning like big dogs!”
As a performer, Ms. DeMore has toured extensively, singing at festivals and concert halls with such company as Sweet Honey & the Rock, Buffy Saint Marie, John Prine, Laura Nyro, and Pete Seeger.
The African Artists’ Community Development Project is an Island-based nonprofit that has evolved over 12 years into an organization that supports The Mama Bakhita School for Disabled Children in Livingstone, Zambia. In recent months the educational program has begun paying tuitions for higher learning for young Zambians as well as beginning the Zambezi Doll Project, an income generation program for the mothers of the disabled children. For more information visit their website at aacdpafrica.org.
All proceeds benefit the Mama Bakhita School for Disabled Children in Livingstone, Zambia and the AACDP’s Educational and Income Generational Projects in Lusaka and Livingstone, Zambia.
Tickets are $25 at Alley’s, Aboveground Records, Island Entertainment,Tickets MV and $30 at the door. $50 tickets include attendance to the pre-concert party.
Please contact Marsha Winsryg at 508-693-4059 for further information.