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Sept. 21: Eclectic World Music

Four musicians to perform in four native languages.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Music News Release, 9-3-2014

Mankato, Minn. – The University Performance Series, sponsored by the Department of Music, presents Speaking in Tongues Sunday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

Speaking in Tongues is four astonishing musicians from four different cultures with four native tongues. The group features master drummer and multi-instrumentalist Sowah Mensah from Ghana; Gao Hong, Chinese pipa master; Enrique Toussaint, the virtuoso bassist from Mexico City; and Minnesota-born master percussionist Marc Anderson.

Their worldwide performances are as diverse as the group itself. They have opened a Chinese music series at the prestigious Muziekgebouw aan het IJ in Amsterdam, performed at a Nobel Peace Prize Conference in America’s heartland, and have performed for enthusiastic audiences on university campuses and in concert halls throughout the U.S.

With superb musicianship and an infectious camaraderie, Speaking in Tongues create an environment that is engaging and exhilarating. The collective sound of the group draws on so many sources that listeners from all walks of life can easily connect. Four outstanding musicians blend music from four different cultures on a stage full of instruments from all over the world.

One is struck by the truly distinctive quality of this music and the level of skill and musical maturity required to shape it into the spirited and the coherent musical expression that it is. Their music has been described as a West African drum ensemble driving along under the butterfly wings of an Asian melody, the romance of Brazilian jazz orchestrated with Middle Eastern drums, and folk music from a new world. The result is a concert experience that is spellbinding, entertaining, and unprecedented.

Concert admission is $12; $11 for students with a valid MavCard. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to For more information, call the Performance Series office, 507-389-5549.

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