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The arts of Africa

Published February 22, 2007


Jean Paul Samputu and the Ingeli Troupe of Rwanda are on a U.S. tour that brings traditional African singing, dancing and drumming to Tarpon Springs.

Samputu, winner of the 2003 Kora Award (the "African Grammy"), is an eclectic performer whose influences range from CeCe Winans to Stevie Wonder to Bob Marley. As a survivor of the genocide in Rwanda in the 1990s, Samputu is a powerful advocate for his country. "Rwanda is a country that is healing," he said recently in an interview with CityFolk E-News. "The people are forgiving and in a few years Rwanda will be a united country. People need to discover and know about the unique culture of Rwanda."

Samputu and his dance troupe perform at 8 p.m. Friday at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St. $5-$18. In a related exhibit, Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S Pinellas Ave., has a display of postage stamps with illustrations of African musical instruments that opens Friday and runs through March 31. Free. (727) 942-5605.

[Last modified February 21, 2007, 14:39:07]

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