UNION, NJ - Direct from Dakar, The Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir will perform at Kean University’s Wilkins Theatre on Saturday October 11 at 7:30 p.m. The Choir composed of 15 singers and 4 traditional Senegalese drummers was founded in 1950 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s Ambassador Artist for Peace, Julien Jouga (1931-2001). An ecumenical partisan, Jouga interpreted and combined the Catholic liturgy and the indigenous Muslim songs of Senegal to create an extraordinary harmony between the two cultures that comprise the nation of Senegal. Today the Choir is led by Music Director Ambroise N'Diong and each Sunday, in the heart of Dakar, it interprets gospel/Negro spirituals, traditional African songs, and the magnificent masses that Jouga had composed.
Wilkins Theatre is located on Kean University’s main campus at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union, N.J. Tickets are $35 Standard; $20 Senior, Student, Child and are available at the Wilkins Theatre Box Office on campus, by calling 908-737-SHOW (7469), and online at www.keanstage.com.