Dawud Wharnsby with The Red Sea Pedestrians at Dalton Theatre on Kalamazoo College campus on Nov. 16

Date(s) - Thursday, November 16, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Dalton Theatre, Fine Arts Building

Dawud Wharnsby with The Red Sea Pedestrians

Canadian born poet and songwriter Dawud Wharnsby began sharing his songs with audiences as a street performer in his late teens. Over two decades later, his career as a troubadour has yielded a string of fifteen solo albums, five poetry anthologies, numerous sound-track credits, performances in some of the world’s most prestigious theatres and collaborations with several celebrated artists (including  Hadiqa  Kiani, Zain Bhikha, bassist Danny Thompson, Juno Award winning Stephen Fearing and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Yusuf/Cat Stevens).

Within sacred-music circles, Wharnsby is often cited as a pioneer in the composition of English hymns, inspired by Qur’anic spirituality. His work has been referenced in textbook publications affiliated with Harvard University in the USA, as well as Oxford University and Cambridge University Press in the United Kingdom.

His universalist approach to religion keeps Dawud actively engaged with musical inter-faith initiatives and peace efforts worldwide. As a member of the Abraham Jam ensemble, Dawud and friends David LaMotte and  Billy Jonas use song to celebrate mutual support and respect between Abrahamic traditions. In his hometown, Dawud is a collaborator with the Inshallah Singers and co-leader of Inshallah Kids — community song projects focusing on songs of peace and justice.

Dawud manages his own music publishing company and independent label, which help fund his ongoing work and support an endow-ment for the Al Imtiaz Academy, a school in Pakistan directly overseen by his family.

In recent years  Dawud Wharnsby has become a strong advocate of Simple Living and traditional trades. He resides with his family in Kitchener, Canada where he experiments with urban farming, continues to write, record and also performs as an educational puppeteer. www.wharnsby.com

The Red Sea Pedestrians are a full-blown, instrument-swapping fusion between tradition and the here-and-now. We’re talkin’ high-energy world-beat grooves, hypnotic laments from the earth, songs of celebration and wonder; a warped and beautiful blend of American Roots, Rock, Klezmer, Gypsy, Classical and Jazz, all filtered through the band’s original vision.

The RSP are a melting pot of six distinct singer/songwriter/multi- instrumentalists, almost a self-contained variety show. Their sound is first defined by the sweet interplay between clarinet and violin, further colored by a kaleidoscope of guitar,  banjo, keyboard and mandolin, and driven by a rhythm section deep in the pocket. Multi-layered lyrics, rich harmonies, and masterful playing complete the experience.  Their captivating live  shows and ambitious CDs have been getting rave reviews and building a dedicated fan base throughout Michigan’s independent music community for over a decade, including back-to-back WYCE Jammie Awards for Best Roots Album for “Adrift” (2010) and “The Electromagnetic Escape” (2011). The band’s 6th CD, “See Through The Eyes of Osiris!” was released in 2016.

Tickets are on sale for this event HERE.


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