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Concert of Colors 2021: DakhaBrakha

Metro Detroit’s free annual diversity-themed music festival returns for its 29th year with broadcasts and simultaneous livestreams across four consecutive nights. Every evening from August 5-8, watch Detroit Public TV or visit this page to enjoy the sounds of music greats from around the world, including Roy Ayers, Melvin Davis and acts from Haiti, Japan, Uganda and other countries.

AIRED: August 05, 2021 | 0:58:52
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- Hi, planetary citizens, brothers, and sisters.

My name is Ismael Ahmed,

director and curator of the "Concert of Colors"

and host of WDET's "This Island Earth".

I'm here to welcome you to this year's "Concert of Colors".

Before we get started, I'd like to take a moment

to honor the first peoples of this country and planet.

After all, the "Concert of Colors" is taking place

on their land.

The "Concert of Colors" was started by Detroit's

communities of color to celebrate their cultures

and the music of all peoples and to work for peace, love,

and justice for all our communities.

Today we continue in that tradition.

We'd like to thank all the staff, volunteers,

and artists that have made this year's event possible.

Especially the Detroit Institute of Arts

who have played such an important role,

as well as the Detroit Public Television's WTVS,

and Detroit Public Radio's WDET.

For this year's schedule, information,

and also most importantly, to support our efforts,

go to www.concertofcolors.com.

Concertofcolors being one word.

And now let's take a moment to thank

our sponsors and partners.

- [Narrator] Support for this program was provided

by the Kresge Foundation, DTE, AARP,

the Detroit Free Press, Midtown Inc.,

Skillman Foundation and michigan.com.

And by these partners: "Concert of Colors",

Culture Source, Detroit Institute of Arts,

Charles Wright Museum of African American History,

the Arab American National Museum, Michigan Science Center,

University of Michigan Detroit, Detroit Historical Museum,

Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Public Television,

City of Detroit Department of Arts,

Culture and Entrepreneurship, Science Gallery of Detroit,

WDET 101.9FM, The Scarab Club, Keiga Foundation,

Access, Hellenic Museum of Michigan,

College for Creative Studies, Marx Layne,

New Detroit Inc., Detroit Excellence in Youth Arts

and Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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Stay tuned for more music with our global

and local fellow citizens and masterful musicians

for tonight's broadcast.

- Hello, my name is Ken Fisher.

I serve as the current Chair of

the Concert of Colors Advisory Board but I am

a longtime fan of Detroit's acclaimed Diversity Festival

whose audiences now reach around the world.

We are thrilled to welcome to the 29th "Concert of Colors"

the return of DakhaBrakha, a unique, amazing group

that concert presenters all over the world love

to bring to their stages because their audiences love them,

and you will, too.

With roots in avant-garde theater,

this Ukrainian world music quartet from Kiev

mixes the traditional with the cutting edge

while presenting it all with their creative blend

of atmosphere, energy, and fun.

Using Indian, Arabic, African, Russian,

and Australian rhythmic folk instrumentation,

their powerful and uncompromising vocal range

creates a trans-national sound rooted in Ukrainian culture.

DakhaBrakha have been recording albums since 2005

and have contributed to many film and television soundtracks

including the FX network's "Fargo".

They've won awards and performed worldwide,

and in 2014 at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival where,

among a lineup of amazing and top name groups,

they were acclaimed "Best Breakout of the festival"

by "Rolling Stone Magazine".

Jaws dropped, heads turned, and ears were opened

when they performed previously at the "Concert of Colors".

It's an experience like no other.

So tonight you're in for a real treat.

And now, at the exciting crossroads of Ukrainian folklore

and international theater, I bring you DakhaBrakha.

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