Transforming our Community Through Anti-Apartheid Singing

When: Tuesday, April 12th at 7:00pm 

Where: Shelton Auditorium, Christian Theological Seminary, 1000 W. 42nd Street, Indianapolis IN 46208 

No audition is required in order to join in this community event – a  night of peacebuilding through singing.  Dr. Ysaÿe Barnwell, formerly with Sweet Honey in the Rock, will teach us South African Anti-apartheid singing, while Dr. Allan Boesak, Desmond Tutu Center Chair, will unpack his first-hand experience with the Anti-Apartheid movement in South Africa. We will relate the music to our local lives in Indianapolis through singing and dialogue. Nassim Al Saba, from the United Arab Emirates, with Chris Cameron, conductor, will share their Arab perspectives on stage with the Butler Peacebuilding Choir (John Perkins, Butler University), and local high school singers from Christel House South, Shortridge, and Hamilton Heights.  Indiana Chamber Orchestra’s resident composer James Aikman, will join the panel conversation with the featured guests.

The event is free and open to all, don’t miss this transformational evening!

Featured Guests:

 Dr. Ysaÿe Barnwell appears as a vocalist and/or instrumentalist on more than thirty recordings with Sweet Honey In The Rock as well as other artists.  She has, for the past thirty years spent much of her time off stage working as a master teacher and choral clinician in African American cultural performance. Her workshop “Building a Vocal Community®: Singing in the African American Tradition” has during the past twenty-eight years,  been conducted  on three continents, making her work in the field a significant source of inspiration for both singers and non-singers, a model of pedagogy for educators, and cultural activists and historians.



Dr. Allan Boesak is the Executive Director and Chair of the Desmond Tutu Center. He is a theologian, humanitarian, prolific author and tireless advocate for social justice. Dr. Boesak grew up in Western Cape, South Africa and studied at the University of Western Cape. He earned his doctorate in theology from the Protestant Theological University in Kampen, Netherlands. Dr. Boesak is a theologian, humanitarian, prolific author and tireless advocate for social justice. His early activism and service led to international recognition as an influential leader in the fight against apartheid. During the 1980s and 1990s, he worked alongside Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela to lead efforts against apartheid and promote reconciliation.





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