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July 9, 2004


"World Beat" Music Featured at Concert July 13

The UW-River Falls 2004 Summer Concert Series features the unique blend of world music from the group Yawo on Tuesday, July 13, at 7 p.m. at the Wall Amphitheater on campus (North Hall Auditorium in case of rain). All concerts are free and open to the public.

Yawo Attivon, Yawo's singer and bassist, brought his Togo/West African sounds to the United States in 1992 because of political turmoil in his home country. Attivon studied flute, classical guitar and electric bass at the Ecole Experimentale de Musique in Lome, Togo, West Africa. His group music blends influences from Togo, Brazil, Senegal, China, and the United States.

With a goal of sharing a multicultural story with the world and with influences ranging from Fela Anikulapo Kuti and Youssou N'dour to Miles Davis and Sting, Yawo is world music with an Afro-Brazilian attitude. Yawo can often be seen at the Blue Nile restaurant in Minneapolis as well as around the Upper Midwest.

For more information call the UW-RF Leadership Center at 715/425-4911 or visit its Web site at www.uwrf.edu/leadership. Upcoming concerts include: July 20, St. Croix Community Band; July 30, Dean's List Big Band; Aug. 3, River Falls Brass.

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