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Sweet Honey in the Rock Returns to So. Cal

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Grammy Award-winning Sweet Honey in the Rock, the passionate female acapella group singing gospel, blues, African rhythms, protest songs and the joys of harmony, return to Southern California for two nights.

On Friday, December 6, the group will perform a UC Riverside show at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium, 2485 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside. For tickets, the public can call (909) 788-3944. The following evening, Saturday, December 7, they travel to Los Angeles where they’ll perform at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, 4401 W. 8th Street at a benefit for the Liberty Hill Foundation. For more information, the public can call (310) 453-3611 or check out the website, www.libertyhill.org.
It has been nearly 30 years since five African American women decided to join their powerful voices, along with hand percussion instruments, to create a blend of lyrics, movement and narrative. The quintet’s words are simultaneously interpreted in uniquely expressive American Sign Language. In other recent activities, founder Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon participated in the recent PBS special American Roots Music.
Sweet Honey in the Rock take their name from the age-old fable about a land so laden with riches you could break a rock in two and from within honey would flow. Since its inception, twenty-two women have participated in the ensemble and the group has released fifteen acclaimed albums and have toured extensively around the world. In 1988, they won the Grammy in the category of Best Traditional Folk Recording for their version of Lead Belly’s “Gray Goose” on the album Folkways, A Vision Shared. The group’s current members are Reagon, Ysaye Barnwell, Aisha Kahill, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Carol Maillard and sign language interpreter Shirley Childress Saxton.

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