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2009 Event Media Release - Babies Proms: Afro Beats

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Sydney Opera House presents
Babies Proms:
Afro Beats

25 November – 6 December
Utzon Room

Performed by special guest Afro Moses. And his African Dance Band

The final Babies Proms for 2009 is a fun-filled performance with renowned children’s performer, multi-instrumentalist and composer, Afro Moses from Ghana, West Africa.

Blending reggae, funk, jazz, raga, salsa, percussion, and much more, Moses will sample some of the 14 instruments he can play with modern grooves and technology.

Joined by some of the best local African musicians, singers and dancers, this interactive production will showcase traditional and modern African sounds and instruments including the djembe and thumb piano.

Colourful and energetic, Afro Beats will uplift and inspire with its fusion of hot rhythms that no one can resist - the entire audience will dance, jump, sweat and shout.

A teenage star in his homeland, Moses was the first young performer featured on the national television news, and was soon producing number one songs.

Nicknamed The African James Brown for his funky music and dance style, Moses was discovered by one of Bob Marley's tour managers – the same man responsible for taking Youssou N'Dour out of Senegal – who introduced him to European audiences.

Having played some of the world’s biggest music festivals, Moses has shared the stage with icons such as Miriam Makeba, Salif Keita, Ziggy and Rita Marley, The Wailers and many more.

In Australia, he has headlined at the East Coast Blues and Roots, The Great Escape and Peats Ridge Festivals, as well as regularly travelling the country to perform for school groups.

Moses travels back home and to Europe every year where he continues to perform, produce hits and teach.

Twice named Ghana's Best International Music Ambassador, he performed at their 50th anniversary of Independence Day celebrations and at the Labadi beach festival in front of 100,000 people.

Moses has collaborated with ACO director Richard Tognetti, Midnight Oil and one of Australia's most awarded studio producers, Michael Yeserski, for the Oscar-nominated short film Inja.

He worked with Tognetti and Yeserski again on the score for the APRA-nominated film Cape of Storms. Moses has also received the Frater Award for excellence in school performances by the NSW Department of Education.

Season Details: Babies Proms – Afro Beats
Dates/Times: 10am, 11am and 12pm Wednesday 25 November to Sunday 6 December. No shows November 30 or December 1
Venue: Utzon Room
Age: 2 – 5 years old
Cost:  $18 / $14 registered childcare groups
Duration: 35 minutes
Bookings: (02) 9250 7777 or online at sydneyoperahouse.com

Media Enquiries: Nathan McIlroy, Senior Publicist, Sydney Opera House
(02) 9250 7596 / 0434 146 121 /
 nmcilroy@sydneyoperahouse.com

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