Thank-you Global News for having Sean Irvine out to talk about this Thursday's performance. Video Source
Part 1- WJO Interview with Sean Irvine
Part 2 - WJO Interview with Sean Irvine
Thursday, Nov 30, 2023
West End Culturel Centre (WECC)
'Kwassa Kwassa: Music & Dance of the Congo: An Unforgettable Evening of Smooth Groove and Soaring Song!
The WJO's collaboration with the Congolese band True Generation this past Saturday had the entire audience at the CCFM grooving and moving in their seats. There were so many stand out moments during this once-in-a-lifetime concert experience but a special shout out goes to Mutunwa 'Enée' Nyelele, and all of his True Generation band mates, who brought so much life and joyous energy to this show. His improvised lyrics and vibrant on-stage presence took this program to another level every time he took the stage.
Joyce German's piece, White Nile, was haunting and hopeful all at once. With an accompanying poem about the societal challenges and poignant beauty of the Nile River and its significance in South Sudan, this piece was a lovely departure into emotional waters near the start of the second half of the show. In brilliant contrast, Henry Onwuchekwa, of the Dr. Henry Band, shared his pieces Rough Handle and Oriri. Infused with a smooth groove and so much silky guitar, these pieces cast a cool spell over the room.
And, let's not forget Neil Watson, who brought all of these amazing performers together, and expressed his impressive skills as both a composer and a conductor with deep passion and caring flair. Not to mention that he can play one mean cowbell!
All in all, Kwassa Kwassa proved to be another triumphant event for the WJO and we hope to join forces with and show support for the very talented True Generation, Joyce German and Henry Onwuchekwa for years to come!'
~written by Quinn Greene
Clip from True Generation (A Matter of Most Importance) written by True Generation and Neil Watson
Clip from Joyce German's composition "White Nile"
Want to know more about our upcoming concert? Watch this full length interview below.
Kwassa Kwassa: Music and Dance of the Congo
Saturday November 11th, 2023 at 7:30pm
CCFM 340 Provencher Blvd, Winnipeg
Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra
The Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra (WJO) is Canada’s first community-based, non-profit professional jazz orchestra. Founded in 1997 (registered charity in 2000), the WJO has matured to become an important part of Winnipeg’s cultural landscape, reflected in the ongoing support the organization receives from the Manitoba Arts Council, the Winnipeg Arts Council, the Winnipeg Foundation, and other sponsors. The mandate of the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra is to be an instrumental force in the promotion and development of big band jazz in Manitoba and beyond, through performance, composition, recording and education.