The Revolution will be Harmonized Concert Series featuring
Seattle Labor Chorus, Anzanga Marimba Ensemble, Naomi Wachira, Orchestra AfriSound and Soyaya
A Benefit for the ACLU & The Northwest Immigration Rights Project
Fri, Feb 10 / 6:30pm doors - 7:30pm show
COLUMBIA CITY THEATER AND LOCAL MUSICIANS MAKE LEMONADE FROM LEMONS
Artists Make Sure The Show Goes On Despite TUKU Visa Denial
Show To Benefit the ACLU & The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
COLUMBIA CITY THEATER
FRIDAY February 10 2017
4916 Rainier Ave South, Seattle, WA 98118
Due to the politically questionable travel visa denial from the US Embassy in Harare for African Musical Star Oliver “TUKU” Mtukudzi and his band, the show’s promoter Peter Masundire and Columbia City Theater’s General Manager, Lara Lavi made lemonade out of lemons and built a new show all in 24 hours. TUKU’s visa challenges, first issued during the Obama administration, have hit the national and international news as the timing is questionable given Donald Trump’s Executive Order Regarding Immigrant Travel Bans. The Columbia City Theater is not waiting for the Ninth Circuit to uphold Judge James Robart’s injunction against Trump’s Executive Order.
“In a mad scramble for the last 48 hours we put together a stellar line up of musicians for the theater’s main stage and front bar stage and have “trumped up this immigration issue to create a powerful show that Tuku will be proud of, explains Lavi.
Stepping up to perform are:
Seattle Labor Chorus
Anazanga Marimba Ensemble
And in the front bar stage: Carmolina
DOORS 6:30 SHOW Starts 7:30
$20 SUGGESTED DONATION
“The full details of Tuku’s visa denial will come forth soon and it is my personal opinion Tuku’s visa denial is partly due to the political climate given Tuku’s tour coincides with the recently issued Donald Trump’s Executive Order which has left many travelers to the US in limbo and chaos. The visa denial however baffles me as Tuku has been in the USA performing many times in his career and should not have had any problem obtaining his Visa,” explains promoter Peter Masundire.
The Columbia City Theater is notifying all press and all the people who bought tickets to Oliver Mtukudzi’s show that the refunds have been issued and the new show date will be announced soon likely to take place in May 2017. They will have to “rebuy” their tickets for the new Tuku show date.
“The fact that we were able so quickly to have all these great musicians rise up to support the important work the ACLU and the Northwest Immigrant Project do is a tribute to how great the Pacific Northwest activist community truly is” adds Charles Anstett the founder of The Grand Daddy Purple who is supporting this event as part of a new concert series - The Revolution Will Be Harmonized, “we are thrilled to support this important show as a first step to bringing our concert/lecture series to the forefront of the revolution.”