Acoustic Africa was an evening
of exciting African music. The performers used a Njarka (traditional violin) and
a Jdjurkle (monochord). The sound was incredible, fun and unusual. The
performers paid tribute to the plight of women, men "the head of the household,"
and even took us on a journey to the desert, which made me laugh because this
was the eve of snowstorm Ethan. It was nice to feel warm, if only for a little
The laughs of the evening came when the performers waged a polite battle
between Zimbabwe and Mali. They brought out the differences between normal every
day life, music and customs, but in the end they both "shared" their favorite
song with us.