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Nov. 13, 2019 | Wednesday
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Bravo! Niagara to host two NOTL events in November
Paul Simon and Bakithi Kumalo. (Supplied)

Bravo! Niagara is celebrating Voices of Freedom this November, with a concert series from Nov. 7 to 9.

Two shows from the series will take place in Niagara-on-the-Lake, where Voices of Freedom Park opened to the public in 2019.

The first concert, a film screening of Under African Skies, will take place at the NOTL Public Library Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. The night will also see special guest Bakithi Kumalo (bassist for Paul Simon) join to introduce the film, which Rolling Stone has said is a “cultural lightning bolt.”

The film tells the story behind Paul Simon’s Graceland, and explores the cultural and political climate of South Africa 25 years ago. 

It follows Simon’s return to South Africa, as he reconnects with the people, places, and music that inspired him many years ago, with appearances from Quincy Jones, Harry Belafonte, Sir Paul McCartney, and David Byrne.

The second event will take place Nov. 9 at the Niagara Historical Museum, at 11 a.m.

The show will explore the role of artists in society and the impact music has had on social change across the world.

The show will include Bakithi Kumalo, producer and artist manager Céline Peterson, founder and executive director of the El Sistema-inspired organization “Play On, Philly!” Stanford Thompson, and will be moderated by Jazzcast.ca co-founder Garvia Bailey.

Both events are free to the public.

Anyone interested in attending can register for the events (and others in St. Catharines) by visiting www.eventbrite.ca and searching “Bravo Niagara.”

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