Khari Wendell McClelland | Freedom Singer Album Release
The Victoria Event Centre
1415 Broad St
The UVic Students of Colour Collective Presents:
Khari Wendell McClelland’s Freedom Singer Album ReleaseA Celebration of Black History
Doors at 7pm | Show at 8pmAll ages welcome
**Tickets are limited so make sure to get them in advance!**
In 2015, Juno Award nominee McClelland retraced the steps of his great-great-great-grandmother Kizzy, and using contemporary styles like hip hop, funk and soul, he personalized the songs that likely accompanied her and thousands of others as they escaped U.S. slavery. In sharing this music, Khari is brought face to face with his own “unrecorded” heritage, and the realities and myths of one of our quintessential historic narratives: the Underground Railroad. The resulting song collection, Freedom Singer, became a documentary theatre musical crafted with Project: Humanity’s Andrew Kushnir and CBC’s Jodie Martinson. The UVic Students of Colour Collective is excited to present this event, celebrating the release of the album version of this inspiring and important work. Joined by a full band, Khari will share this music and the stories that have emerged on his journey to finding these songs.
We want to acknowledge that this gathering is being held on the traditional, unceded, and stolen territories of the Lekwungen, Songhees, and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples.
* This event is all ages; the venue is a bar, and alcoholic beverages will be available for those 19+* The Victoria Event Centre is a non-profit multipurpose venue for arts, celebration and community. This heritage building no longer has an operational elevator, and there is one flight of stairs at the venue entrance. If you would like to attend the event but require assistance with accessing the space, please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate.* Washrooms will be gender neutral.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Khari Wendell McClelland is a diversely talented and ever-evolving musician. Originally from Detroit, Khari has become a darling on the Vancouver music scene with reviewers lauding his performances as a clever mix of soul and gospel. Khari’s songwriting crosses genres and generations, joyfully invoking the spirit of his ancestors. His music draws from this rich history, integrating the rhythms and folklore of early African-Americans with contemporary sounds and stories of struggle. Khari's passion for community, equality and justice is palpable, as is his belief in the redemptive power of music.
Noah Walker is a guitar player and teacher from Vancouver, Canada. He has played music all over the world, from Turkey to Tokyo and Dawson City to New York City. He is a longtime collaborator with underground legend C.R. Avery, fronts his own rock n' roll project The Broken Mirrors, and is a busy sideman/secret weapon of countless other bands.
** The full band and guest artists will be announced closer to the event date! **
REVIEWS OF FREEDOM SINGER
“A moving musical journey along the Underground Railroad … with a Hamilton-esque twist: [the songs] are reinvented as hip-hop, funk and soul numbers … A Must-See.” –Toronto Life
“Freedom Singer asks intelligent, open-ended questions and balances them with emotional musical moments and McClelland’s indisputable musical talent.” –Globe and Mail
“… a melting pot of performance, catharsis and reconciliation …” –Vancouver Courier
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