African music and dance from Alphonso Horne, featuring dancers from Rockland’s Studio Red

MOTHER KOFI: THE TALE OF AN AFRICAN PRINCESS is a compilation of musical works with interpretive African dance in tribute to the life of Ghanian princess, activist, and prophetess Laura Adorka Kofi. She believed that she was sent on a mission to travel to America and deliver a message of invitation, union and self-help to people of African ancestry.

Upon arrival to the U.S., Kofi began working with Marcus Garvey to revive the southern branches of the United Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). Gaining popularity, she accrued a huge following, announced her split from the UNIA, and established the African Universal Church. As leader of this new spiritual movement, she became known as “Mother Kofi” and she called her followers her “children.”  She suffered many prejudices because of her thriving organization -- from false accusations causing arrests, to her final assassination while delivering her message to a large crowd in Liberty Hall on March 8, 1928 in Miami, Florida.

Alphonso Horne has gathered excerpts and hymns from Nyombolo and the community in Jacksonville to develop a musical suite that includes interpretive African dancing to depict Laura Adorka Kofi’s life and mission. This piece takes you on a Trans-Atlantic journey to the past in order to invoke an inspiring vision of the future.


About the Artist:

Alphonso Horne is one of the most sought-after musicians today. Known for his high level of musicianship, Horne has performed with some of the leading musicians in jazz including, Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center, PBS Special: Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, and playing on Grammy nominated albums (Jamison, 2015; My Favorite Things, 2015).

Horne leads an active career as a sideman. Some of his credits include, the Tony Award winning Broadway production After Midnight, the Tony Award Nominated Shuffle Along, touring with Allen Stone, performing with the Count Basie Orchestra, touring with Rhiannon Giddens, and with Rihanna at the Video Music Award show in 2017. Horne also was the producer for Nancy Harrow’s album “The Song is All.” Most recently Horne was featured in a film, Bolden, about the first jazz musician from New Orleans.

Alphonso holds a Bachelors of Music from Florida State University (2010) and a Masters of Music in Jazz Studies from The Juilliard School (2013).

Currently, Horne teaches at the annual Savannah Swing Central and Music Festival, where he commissioned an arrangement for the 2018 season. As a leader, he is the bandleader of an early jazz band, Gotham Kings, and is producing his original show Mother Kofi: The Tale of An African Princess.


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Funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Show Dates & Times:

11/8/19 - Friday

7:30 pm,

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