Monday, 22 March 2010
The Department of Music cordially invites you to a concert by the American a capella group, Talisman. Talisman is a coed group of singers from the Stanford University in California (USA). This group of singers is dedicated to the sharing of stories through music. They aim to explore and perform cultural music and strive to give voice to a vast collection of human stories through song. They also strive not only to perform music for itself, but to use it as a means to grow as individuals and to share their experiences with their audience. The group was established by Joe Pigato in 1990 and celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Their initial aim was to bring culturally substantive music to the Stanford community. They concentrated on the African and African-American diaspora but have since broadened their horizons by engaging with musical traditions from all over the world. The group is mainly an a capella group, but also uses drums and dancing in their music.

Talisman has already performed at the White House and at the 1996 Olympic Games, Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl as well as with the artist, Seal. In 1997 they won the ICCA competition (International Championship of Collegiate A Capella). To date Talisman has released 8 albums - 7 full length albums as well as a ten-year anniversary compilation called Shine.

They have returned to South Africa numerous times in the past years and have build relationships with many organizations in Johannesburg and Cape Town such as the Amy Biehl Foundation. The group was requested to sing for former president, Nelson Mandela, during his first visit to Stanford University. On their return to South Africa to perform in, amongst others, Johannesburg, they will also visit Bloemfontein for a performance in the Odeion.

Concert goers are kindly requested to enter the building from the southern side (via the Departmental offices) due to construction work in the Odeion foyer area.

Free, contact Ninette Pretorius (tel. 051 – 401 2504) for enquiries.

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