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The Michigan Daily-Friday, October 16, 1987- Page 9

Players

Sosa bridges culture gap

love

to

keep up
the beat
By Cherie Curry
Music is in the air this fall as the
University's Percussion Group
continues an exciting tempo with a
performance this Sunday at Hill
Auditorium.
This special group of musicians
hails from different parts of the
United States as well as from
countries like Japan and Costa Rica.
Cultural and geographical
differences, however, have not
stopped them from consistently
* engaging in a variety of outstanding
rhythms and tunes on xylophones
and marimbas.
Dr. Michael W. Yudow, director
of the percussion group, believes
that each member has his or her own
special attributes. He says that
working hard and respecting one
another is the key to the group's
success.
On the average, the group meets
three times a week, and practices for
two hours each meeting. The long
hours of practice have paid off quite
well for them. Some of the members
have auditioned and been accepted at
,major music festivals, while others
shave gone on to serve as principal
percussionists for city symphonies.
"I'm very pleased with the
students in terms of what they have
accomplished. They're a great group
of kids," said Dr. Yudow. The
percussion group has already made
professional recordings, and is
featured on an album which is
available to the public on the sixth
s floor of Burton Towers. In December
they will release some more tracks
that were recorded last Spring.
If the University's Percussion
Group sounds like music to your
ears, you may want to catch their
w next performance at H i l l
Auditorium, Oct. 18, at 4 p.m. They
will also be performing Nov. 20 and
21 at the Macintosh Theatre. Both
will be dates for all to enjoy.
C

By Sam Lapides
"International hot spots" is the
term for what was once neglected,
and now is news. The United States
has suddenly become aware that such
places as Latin America and Africa
exist outside the realm of National
Geographic. Speaking specifically
from a cultural standpoint, it is
about time.
From our perspective, the inter-
national record section in local record
stores has sprung up overnight.
Viewed from an opposite vantage,
however, the histories associated
with many of these artists make the
typical life-on-the-U.S.-tour saga
seem like a mere afternoon's work.
Mercedes Sosa, Argentinean
singer/songwriter, is recognized in
Latin America as the foremost
representative of a movement which
integrates yesterday's folk music
roots to today's Latin American
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reality. Dubbed the "new song," her
agile lyrics put up against a
legendary format speak hard and
clear. Set to the acoustics of the
Power Center this Sunday, the affect
will surely be stunning.
Sosa's history, like her music,
has deep roots. Born in 1935, she
began singing at age 15. By 1968
she had toured Europe twice,
performing her political songs of the
struggles of the Latin American
people. When she received word that
the military junta of her native land
had targeted her for early retirement,
Sosa moved to Europe and remained
there until 1982. She then returned
to Argentina after the oppressive

government was overthrown, and
continues to live there now with the
freedom to write the songs she
chooses.
Political and cultural definitions
aside, Mercedes Sosa has one of the
most beautiful and powerful voices I
have heard. For those unfamiliar
with Latin American music in
general, or Sosa in particular,
Sunday's concert is an ideal
opportunity.
Mercedes Sosa will perform at the
Power Center Sunday night at 8
p.m. Tickets are $14.50 and $11.50
and are available at the Michigan
Union Ticket Office as well as all
Ticket Master outlets.

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Renowned in her homeland of Argentina, Mercedes Sosa will bring her Su Ii
American sounds to the Power Center Sunday night.

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