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Children's Concert to Honor Black History Month

FOR RELEASE Friday, February 02, 2007

Seattle’s African-American A Cappella Women’s Choir, Sankofa, to Perform

Seattle, WA – In celebration of Black History Month this month, Seattle Symphony and Soundbridge present Sankofa in two special performances on Saturday, February 17, at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The program will consist of folk songs and childhood favorites from both Western and African musical traditions, including “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” The performance will be held in Soundbridge Seattle Symphony Music Discovery Center.

Sankofa is an all-female vocal group from various musical backgrounds, including jazz, blues, gospel and classical, who create a cappella music in the African and African-American oral traditions. According to filmmaker Haile Gerima, “sanfoka” is an Akan word that means, “we must go back and reclaim our past so we can move forward; so we understand why and how we came to be who we are today.” In the spirit of sankofa, the group was founded in the spring of 2005 and has since been dedicated to bringing the music of both Western and African cultures to Northwest audiences. Their mission is to perform music that reflects their rich and diverse cultural heritages.

Sankofa is comprised of a core group of six women: Gilda Turner, Michelle Phillips, Dee Brown, Pat Johnston, Katy Webber and Amber Flame. The group performs for a variety of functions around the Puget Sound area, including private parties and catered events. Information on upcoming Sankofa performances can be found at or by contacting

Single tickets can be purchased for $10 for Soundbridge members and $15 for non-members. Children 18 and under are free. Please call (206) 336-6600 to purchase tickets.

Subscriptions are still available for Seattle Symphony performances. For group sales information, call (206) 215-4784. Student and senior rush discount tickets, subject to availability, go on sale in person at the Seattle Symphony Ticket Office at 6 p.m. prior to evening performances and two hours prior to afternoon performances.



Saturday, February 17, at 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.

Soundbridge Seattle Symphony Music Discovery Center
Benaroya Hall

Gilda Turner
, vocalist
Michelle Phillips, vocalist
Dee Brown, vocalist
Pat Johnston, vocalist
Katy Webber, vocalist
Amber Flame, vocalist

Program to be announced from the stage.

* All programs and artists subject to change. Photos of guest artists will be sent in a separate email following this release. Additional photos of guest artists and Seattle Symphony are available to the media on request.