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Friday March 15

7:30 PM  –  9:30 PM

In partnership with the University of Delaware, the African American Museum in Philadelphia invites you to experience a special night of international music and performance.  River of Freedom chronicles the journey of the enslaved African-Americans who fought with the British in America’s Second War of Independence of 1812 in exchange for freedom and land in Trinidad. According to their ancestors, who still reside in the south of Trinidad, these men were proud of being American and were known from then on as the “Merikins.” This group arrived in Trinidad in 1816.

River of Freedom is a visual arts-integrated work that incorporates narration, solo voice and chamber ensemble. The work will be performed by Ibis Ensemble, a group founded by and made up of members of the music faculty of the University of Trinidad and Tobago. Written by Caitlyn Kamminga and Adam Walters, and featuring the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago, the work premiered in southern Trinidad in 2015 to wide acclaim. The work will also be performed at the University of Delaware, at the Delaware Museum and at the African American Museum in Philadelphia in March 2019.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the program will begin promptly at 8 p.m. A conversation and audience Q&A will follow the performance. 

PhilAesthetic: AAMP Celebrates the African Diaspora in Philly has been generously supported by PNC Arts Alive. Learn more at www.aampmuseum.org/philaesthetic

The creation of River of Freedom was made possible by generous support from the US Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago, by the Vincent Wilkinson Foundation, and by the University of Trinidad and Tobago.