Kuumba Singers Alumni Association
The Kuumba Singers are thrilled to announce the formation of the Alumni of the Kuumba Singers of Harvard College, an official "Shared Interest Group (SIG)" affiliated with the Harvard Alumni Association!
The organization's formal mission is to connect alumni of the Kuumba Singers of Harvard College for the purposes of sustaining meaningful cross-generational community among organization members and supportingthe current Kuumba Singers in their fulfillment of Kuumba's mission to celebrate the creativity and spirituality of Black culture.
Informally, this means you'll soon be able to participate in regional gatherings of Kuumba alums in cities across the country; join us for special events in Cambridge timed around Kuumba concerts; connect with undergraduates as mentors; and more.
For more information about getting involved, please contact President Linda Sowell '73 or Alumni Liaison Teddy Hickman-Maynard '00 at email@example.com.
Visiting the Cambridge-Boston Area?
We would like to cordially invite all alumni visiting the Cambridge-Boston area to please contact our president, Danitra Wansley and/or grace us with an appearance at any of our rehearsals. Please do not hesitate to contact us.
Do YOU have Kuumba photos from your years of involvement? Please contribute to Kuumba's historical library by sending them to us (by email or postal mail). Contact our librarian, Desta Lissanu, for details.
The Kuumba Singers' Annual Fund was established in 2006 in order to secure an endowment for the organization and assist in the general functioning of the choir. Please support The Kuumba Singers by making a donation today. Donations are tax-deductible. We thank you so much for your continued support!
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Flashback to 1973
DUNSTER HOUSE found its soul last Sunday. The Kuumba Singers, a group of fifty black Harvard and Radcliffe students, brought to an SRO crowd in the dining hall a unique Afro-American vitality that has rarely been seen in these parts.
Kuumba is Swahili for creativity. If Sunday's performance is indicative, the group certainly takes its name seriously. Beginning with a rich, solid rendition of the old Negro National Anthem ("Lift Every Voice and Sing") the group escorted the audience on an exciting, innovative two hour trip into black spirituality. The concert format touched on four themes central to the cultural corpus of the Afro-American experience: Spirituality, Love, Struggle, and Joy. Of the four, the least impressive was Struggle, perhaps because the theme lends itself less easily to a celebrative situation.
Kathy Gatson's spirited arrangement of "Wonderful is the Lord" exemplifies the emotional freedom possible within this art form. Gordon Lewis brought the House down with his improvisational "Harmonica Blues." Had you closed your eyes you could have imagined yourself in a black church in Detroit, Birmingham, New Orleans or any black community. Anywhere but Harvard. The concert was a beautifully transplanted slice of a deep-rooted cultural genre which seldom gets public play in Cambridge.
The Kuumba Singers do need polish. Occasionally I could detect a note held too long or missed altogether. But the miracle is that the choir works so well given its amateur character and the demands of academia. More kuumba is certainly in order.
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