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Black History Month

Celebrate the rich cultural and artistic legacy of the African diaspora with Old Town School! Join us for a month of song, dance, history, and much more.


Wednesday, February 2, 2022 · 8:30 PM CST

Lornoar and The Eton Tribe All-Stars - World Music Wednesday

The Eton Tribe All-Stars is composed of three of Cameroon's most recognized musicians who tour widely, and have garnered critical acclaim in festivals internationally. The group focuses on women's oral traditions, lullabies and folk tales, as well as the combined musical traditions of Cameroon, specifically the Eton culture, replete with percussive rhythms, ritual dances, and vocal expression.

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Friday, February 4, 2022 • 6:00 PM CST

Honoring Our Mothers: Featuring – Sharing Grandmothers. At The DuSable Museum Of African American History

An original transatlantic, multidisciplinary musical journey built around two Black women singer/songwriters Inez Barlatiera (Miami) and LORNOAR (Cameroon), who explore the profound contributions of Black women to humanity while drawing on the oral traditions, lullabies, folk tales, rituals, and vocal expressions of African and Afro-descendant women both past and present. Presented in partnership with the Old Town School of Folk Music and DuSable Museum Of African American History

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Saturday, February 5, 2022 • 10:00 AM CST

A Song Celebration with ShaZah - Free Virtual Kids Concert

Join us online with ShaZah (Old Town School teaching artists Shanta Nurullah and Zahra Baker) to sing, clap, and move to old favorites and new songs from African American and world cultures. Experience guitar, sitar, frame drums, mbiras, djembe, shekere and other world percussion.

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Friday, February 18, 2022 · 8:00 PM CST

Dom Flemons

GRAMMY Award Winner, Two-Time EMMY Nominee, 2020 U.S. Artists Fellow Dom Flemons has branded the moniker The American Songster® since his repertoire of music covers over 100 years of early American popular music. Join us for this intimate performance with an American master live in Szold Hall.

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Sunday, February 27th • 12:00 PM CST

Copasetics: The Roots of Tap Workshop with Reggio McLaughlin

Celebrate Black History Month and explore the origin of tap dance, its roots in Africa and its multicultural blend in the New World. Tap Dance is known today as America's true folk dance. In this workshop, learn how a plantation dance moved through blackface minstrel shows to vaudeville, Broadway shows and Hollywood movies, and how it continues to influence various dance styles today.

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