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March 25, 2013

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Jaimy Gordon to read from ‘Lord of Misrule’

Author Jaimy Gordon will visit the University on March 28 to share excerpts from her National Book Award-winning novel, “Lord of Misrule.”

Set in the world of small-time West Virginia horse racing, the novel takes place at Indian Mound Downs, a broken-down half-mile race track downriver from Wheeling, and features trainers and jockeys, grooms and hotwalkers, loan sharks and touts, all struggling to take an edge, prove their luck, or just survive.

Gordon is the author of six books, including “Lord of Misrule.” Her short story "A Night's Work," which shares several characters with “Lord of Misrule,” appeared in the Best American Short Stories in 1995. Her short fiction, poems, essays and translations have appeared in numerous literary journals. She teaches at Western Michigan University and the Prague Summer Program for Writers.

Her reading begins at 7:30 p.m. March 28 in Prout Chapel, as part of the College of Arts and Sciences Visiting Writer series hosted by the Creative Writing Program and Mid-American Review. The event is free and open to the public.


Hugh Masekela closes out Festival Series

The College of Musical Arts closes out the 2012-13 Festival Series with renowned South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela. He will perform with his band at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, in Kobacker Hall of Moore Musical Arts Center.

An innovator in the world music and jazz scene, Masekela is best known for his 1968 Grammy-nominated hit single, “Grazing in the Grass,” which sold over four million copies. He played an integral role in Paul Simon’s tour for “Graceland,” which was one of the first pop records to introduce African music to a broader public.

Masekela has collaborated with numerous artists in the United States, Africa and Europe, including Miriam Makeba, Dizzy Gillespie, Harry Belafonte, Herb Alpert, Fela Kuti (in Nigeria) and Franco (in the Congo). Choreographer Alvin Ailey based a work for his Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater on a piece by the trumpeter. Masekela also co-created the Broadway smash musical “Sarafina” that introduced the sounds and passion of South African music to theater audiences worldwide.

He was recently nominated for a 2012 Grammy Award in the “Best World Music Album” category for the album “Jabulani,” produced and arranged by Don Laka and released through the Gallo Record Company label in South Africa and Razor and Tie Records in the U.S

Masekela’s music portrays the struggles and joys of living in South Africa and voices protest against slavery and discrimination. His work as an activist raised international awareness of the South African government’s restrictive apartheid policies. In the 1980s his hit song “Bring Him Back Home” became an anthem for the Free Nelson Mandela movement.

In the 1990s Masekela himself finally returned to South Africa and renewed the musical ties to his homeland. In 2004 he released his autobiography, “Still Grazing: The Musical Journey of Hugh Masekela,” a stunning memoir that is both heartbreaking and hilarious.

Maskela is joined by Abednigo Sibongiseni Zulu, bass guitar; Frances Manneh Edward Fuster, percussion and backing vocals; Randal Skippers, keyboards and backing vocals, and Lee-Roy Sauls, drums and backing vocals. The BGSU performance is the first on an 18-city tour in support of his new recording, “Playing@Work.”

To purchase tickets online, visit http://bgsu.edu/arts. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 419-372-8171.

 

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