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June 29, 1978 - Image 9

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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, June 29, 1'978-Page 9

it Mariposa

But Rachel was only the tip of the iceberg.
There were the bigger names of Steve Goodman
and Leon Redbone (upper right and lower right,
respectively), who delighted the crowd with
their tunes. The smaller names were equally
satisfying, however, like Hedy West, Michael
Cooney and Paul Geremia.
The Mariposa crowd wasn't content to just sit
back and listen to the performers. The grassy
audience area would change to a dance floor
when the rhythm was right. Hearing Abrahan
Kobena and his students from Wesleyan Univer-
sity play West African and Ghana drum music
was enough to get everyone up on their feet
(second from lower left). A similar scene was
created when the Zion Harmonizers performed,
coming all the way from New Orleans to sing
Gospel music from the deep South.
Some of the festival's paying customers didn't
come to listen or to dance, though. Some came to
play and sing themselves. Between the festival
stages newly-acquainted musicians exchanged
tunes and proved that it was the people who
made Mariposa truly a festival, and not just a
performance.

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