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UMFK to present African rhythm performer in celebration of Black History Month

January 31, 2003


In celebration of Black History Month, the University of Maine at Fort Kent will present percussionist Michael Wingfield, on Tuesday, February 25, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fox Auditorium.

Sponsored by UMFK multi-cultural programming and student activities, the event will feature African rhythm and song interwoven with a theme of cultural diversity.

Wingfield, a performer and teacher from Portland, Maine, has nearly 20 years of experience in the African-Caribbean percussion arts and culture. Through his love and knowledge of traditional rhythms, he imparts the spirit and folklore of the African culture in a way that speaks to today's issues of diversity.

According to UMFK assistant director of residential life and diversity programming, Raymond Phinney, this event will bring together current diversity issues with traditional African history.

"It is important for all of us to realize how diverse our society has become. We must acknowledge the significant role African-American music has played throughout history and how important it is in preserving our cultural heritage," said Phinney.

Wingfield has developed his spontaneous style through studying with master percussionists Pablo Landrum, Jerry Gonzalez and Frankie Mallaba among others. His performance credits include notables as Flora Purim, Richie Haves and Herman Johnson.

"Bringing performers the caliber of Wingfield to this area provides entertainment as well as information on other cultures to both our student population and the people of the St. John Valley. It is an excellent outreach effort on behalf of UMFK," said Phinney.

There will be no charge to attend the event, which is open to both the public and the campus community. For more information, contact Phinney at 834-7665.