Latin fusion band spices up stage at USAO Jan. 31
Fusing Latin dance music with elements of blues, rock and reggae, Norman band Tekumbé is scheduled to perform beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 31 in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium on the campus of the University of Science and Arts.
The performance is the third event in the 11th season of the Davis Waldorf Performing Arts Series at the University of Science and Arts.
Tekumbé’s members hail from Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico and the United States and its music reflects that diversity. Combining traditional Latin rhythms like salsa and cumbia with traditional American styles like rock and reggae have led the band to its unique sound.
Tekumbé released its first album, Sabor a Guayaba, in 2009.
Many of the band members’ original songs are inspired by social issues that plague the lands of their birth, including violence that stems from drug trafficking, the widening gap between the wealthy and the poor and kidnapping, according to their website.
Tekumbé also strives to preserve aspects of culture and folklore through its music that might otherwise be lost by introducing them to American audiences.
DWPAS is produced by the USAO Foundation in conjunction with the Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Chickasha Public School Foundation as well as generous support from local businesses including the Chickasha Bank and Trust Company, Standley Systems, The First National Bank and Trust, Crazy 8 Café and KOOL 105.5 Radio.
General admission tickets for either show are $12 for the general public, $10 for seniors 60 and over, $4 for all students and kids under 18, $7 for USAO staff/faculty and $3 for USAO students.
The 11th season of the DWPAS concludes with a production of John Patrick’s Shanley’s Pulitzer and Tony Award winning play, Doubt on Feb. 27.
To purchase tickets, interested parties should call (405) 574-1213 or go to the business office located on the second floor of Troutt Hall at USAO.