Oberlin College and Conservatory

Convocation: Swimming in Dark Waters: Other Voices of the American Experience, Featuring Rhiannon Giddens '00, Bhi Bhiman, and Leyla McCalla

Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 8:00pm

Finney Chapel
90 North Professor Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

About the Artists
Folk singers, protest singers, and singer-songwriters have been symbols of American resilience for generations. But while the voices most closely associated with such movements tend to be white, a strong history of protest, subversion, and cultural resistance from musicians of color abounds throughout America’s history.

Led by Rhiannon Giddens ’00, founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Swimming in Dark Waters explores old and new songs of resistance of the South, protest songs from Leyla McCalla’s Haiti and Louisiana, and the experiences of first-generation American Bhi Bhiman, an “outsider looking in” on issues of culture and race in 21st-century America.

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The convocation is free, but tickets are required. A limited number of rush tickets may be available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 7:30 pm. 

If you are unable to attend the performance, the show will be live streamed at go.oberlin.edu/darkwaters.

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Signature Programs, Convocation , Black History Month, International/Cultural, Performing Arts, Master Class, Music


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