Amiri Baraka, Afro Blue to Headline Somalia Relief Event at Howard

Vocal jazz ensemble Afro Blue and legendary poet/ activist Amiri Baraka will perform at Eternal Voices, a fundraising event, hosted by the Students of Howard University Global Relief Fund, to help alleviate starvation in Somalia. The event will take place in Cramton Auditorium at Howard University, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m.

The evening is a powerful showcase of voices and artistic talents of the African diaspora, including music, poetry and art. Other featured performers include spoken word and dance artist Anna Mwalagho, Group Without a Name (GWN), concert pianist and Howard alumna Dana Morgan and various surprise guests.

The event will raise money and awareness to help 12 million people in the East African region who are at risk of starvation. This is due to the area experiencing the worst drought in 60 years, a decline in crop production, increases in food prices and political instability, which have led to dire famine conditions in the southern region of Somalia.

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10 questions for Danielle Withers of Howard’s Afro-Blue

The journey came to an end Monday for Danielle Withers and the other members of Afro-Blue, after they were voted off in the penultimate show of NBC’s “The Sing-Off.”

The Howard University-based Jazz performance ensemble made it to the top four bands in what judges called the “best of the best” in the popular singing competition.  But other doors are now opening for the 2002 Mason grad, who plans to move to Los Angeles this month to pursue them.

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Christie Dashiell, Howard’s Afro-Blue in top four of ‘The Sing Off’

Greenville native Christie Dashiell and her Howard University a capella group Afro-Blue have made it to the top four groups on NBC’s singing competition, “The Sing Off.”

“I didn’t think that it would happen,” Dashiell said. She and the other members of Afro-Blue have been watching the show together when they are able.

“It’s like experiencing it all over again,” she said.

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Afro-Blue Makes the Final Four in “The Sing-Off”

There is no Simon Cowell among the judges on The Sing-Off. Ben Folds is the toughest among them, but he always frames his criticisms as constructively as possible, while Sara Bareilles and Shawn Stockman are cheerleaders who give occasional gentle nudges of advice. Which means it’s not always easy—particularly as the competition narrows and the quality heightens—to tell who’s going to land in the Bottom Two. One has to read between the lines a bit.

Take Afro-Blue’s first performance last night (theme: R&B past and present). The Howard University jazz group’s song was Mariah Carey’s smash “We Belong Together,” with an arrestingly simple arrangement that nimbly supported Christie Dashiell’s affecting lead.

via Afro-Blue Makes the Final Four in “The Sing-Off” – Arts Desk.

VIDEO – Howard’s Afro-Blue Performs ‘American Boy’ on ‘The Sing-Off’

Howard’s Afro Blue Competes in NBC’s ‘The Sing Off’

The Afro Blue jazz ensemble was founded in 2002 as an advanced singing group for Howard University juniors and seniors.But Danielle Withers did so well at her audition that she was accepted as a freshman.

Withers, now 27, is among the group members who survived the season premiere of NBC’s “The Sing Off,” and compete again Monday at 8 p.m. for a chance to move on in the competition for $200,000 and a recording contract with Sony Music.

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