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Cal Poly to Host Guest Artist Presentation on Kenyan Folk Music March 12

Abbey K. Chokera, senior assistant director for Kenya’s Permanent Presidential Music Commission in the Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts, will give a presentation on Kenyan folk music at 6 p.m. Monday, March 12, in Room 218 in the Davidson Music Center (No. 45) on campus.

Chokera is visiting the U.S. through the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) International Conductors Exchange Program, and he will present at the ACDA Western Division Conference in Pasadena, California, in March. As part of the exchange, Cal Poly Director of Choral Activities Scott Glysson will travel to Kenya this summer to work with choirs from across the country and present a concert.

Chokera has been involved as a music educator and choral musician in Kenya, where he has served as a member of the National Executive Committee of the Kenya Music Festival and as an adjudicator and facilitator for choral activities. He is also the founder of the Bel Canto Chorus, a female choral group in Nairobi.

He earned a doctorate in music education from the University of Florida in 2016. While at the university, he was the director of the Pazeni Sauti (Raise Your Voices) Africa Choir, a unique ensemble that specializes in singing traditional choral arrangements and compositions from eastern, western and southern Africa.

The March 12 presentation is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Cal Poly’s Music Department and the Tevis Fund for Visiting Artists. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-756-2406 or visit its calendar website at calendar website.