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A Night of African American Music

February 21, 2013
Marcus Eley and Mark Neiwirth performing

Marcus Eley and Mark Neiwirth performing

Strains of gospel, jazz and blues could be heard in Houghton last evening when Consul General Earl Miller hosted a celebration of African American music in honor of U.S. Black History Month.   Well-known clarinetist Marcus Eley and pianist Mark Neiwirth performed and talked about the heritage and development of African American music, from slave-era songs of longing and escape to the more joyous tunes of Duke Ellington.  Some 80 guests enjoyed the presentation and the chance to mingle afterwards at a reception.  The two American musicians earlier in the week gave packed presentations at high schools, colleges and music academies around Johannesburg.