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The Philadelphia Folklore Project announces: The Liberian Women's Chorus for Change

The newly-formed Liberian Women's Chorus for Change is composed of a core group of renowned singers and dancers from Liberia: Fatu Gayflor, Marie Nyenabo, Zaye Tete, and Tokay Tomah. These women have joined together to create music intended to name and lament the injustice of domestic violence, to encourage women to make their voices heard, and to pave possible ways forward. All award-winning vocalists, the musicians are using the power of their traditional songs as an inspirational call to action on pressing issues facing local Liberian and other African immigrant communities. They'll be appearing around town in "pop-up" concerts this winter and spring.

The first public performance of the Liberian Women's Chorus for Change will be:
February 9: 1:15 PM - 2 PM
Faith-Immanuel Lutheran Church (Fellowship Hall)
65 Penn Blvd., East Lansdowne
All are welcome. The event is free.

Stay up to date about their activities (and respond to their work):
Become a friend on Facebook (and visit the Chorus' page):
Or call the Philadelphia Folklore Project, which is facilitating the women's effort, at 215.726.1106.

At their public performances, the Liberian Women's Chorus for Change will premiere traditional and newly-composed songs, aiming to inspiring dialogue and action around current pressing community issues. People attending are invited to join in discussion and song.

The Chorus for Change is an experimental Philadelphia Folklore Project initiative. It will bring artists, community members, scholars, social service and cultural workers and activists of several generations together over the course of a year to consider how best to foster change through the respectful, innovative combining of folk and traditional arts with social justice activism.

Chorus members Fatu Gayflor, Marie Nyenabo, Zaye Tete and Tokay Tomah are singers, dancers and songwriters who lost their children to war, and asked soldiers, though music, to lay down their weapons. All are now residents of the Philadelphia area. Click the links above to learn more about these women and to hear some of their music. A brief video about the project, and samples of LWCC performances, are on PFP's YouTube channel.

"We want our families and community members to have access to information and resources that will allow them the chance to flourish, with dignity, in their adopted home," says Chorus member Fatu Gayflor. Stories evoked publicly, through song, will be the starting point for conversations leading to propositions of imaginative and, it is hoped, realistic paths to addressing pressing concerns.

Keep up-to-date with pop-up dates and venues, and offer feedback, song ideas and more on the Chorus for Change Facebook site:

For high resolution photographs:

Liberian Women's Chorus for Change (clockwise from left): Fatu Gayflor, Marie Nyenabo, Zaye Tete, Tokah Tomah. Photo: Anna Mulé/ Philadelphia Folklore Project (above, top).

Marie Nyenabo, Zaye Tete and Fatu Gayflor of the Liberian Women's Chorus for Change, in performance. Photo: Toni Shapiro-Phim / Philadelphia Folklore Project (above).