What About Those Fabuloius Jenbe Kids: TRJE brought the fire and the funk
Congratulations to the Three Rivers Jenbe Ensemble who brought the fire and the funk to the stage at the Auer Performance Hall on the IPFW campus last Saturday night. The young players opened for the incredible Moussa Bolokada Conde and the Summit City AfroPop Sextet.
The members -Anisah, Tim, Ellen, Kemit, Taylor, Anthony, and Diarra were poised, professional and on fire. Their 35-minute set brought a standing ovation from the 400-plus audience, many of who were in the theatre for the first time. The Saturday night performance was the first leg in TRJE’s fall trilogy of performances.
On Wednesday, November 16, they’ll be in concert at 6:45PM, at Grace College in Winona Lake, IN. And the following Thursday, November 17, at 7PM, they’ll be back at IPFW, but this time at Walb Union ballroom for International Education Week.
The ensemble has been in existence since the fall of 1999. This grouping took over from the class that graduated in 2008 and 2010. The youth are self-organized and directed, with TRIAAC staff supervising and counseling their administration and artistic direction.
If you know a young person between 13-18 years old who might be interested in playing the traditional music of the Mande people of West Afrikan, with some incredible American youth hit the button below and get them involved.