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02/24/2016
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‘Creole Carnival’ celebrates CU’s international spirit

The Brooks Center will celebrate Clemson University’s diversity and international spirit with “Creole Carnival,” a performance featuring Emeline Michel, the reigning queen of Haitian song.

Also included in the March 3 concert will be Casuarina, one of the best-loved samba bands in Brazil; and Jamaican singer-songwriter Brushy One String.

“Last year the Brooks Center hosted its first Clemson University faculty/staff appreciation night for an event,” said Mickey Harder, director of the Brooks Center.

“It was a great success and everyone loved it,” she said. “Since Clemson has such an international student body, faculty and staff, we decided it would be fun this year to have a Creole Carnival.”

The concert is part of a North American tour organized by globalFEST, the annual New York City showcase of musical talent from around the world.

“Founded in 2003, globalFEST is now one of the most dynamic global music platforms in North America,” Harder said.

“Creole Carnival,” globalFEST’s first tour, honors the roots of African musical currents crossed with a fusion of sounds from the Americas.

Michel combines traditional Haitian rhythms and acoustic jazz with social, political and inspirational messages. Her warm voice, captivating live performances and moving compositions have made her one of the leading women of a unique wave of Haitian musicians who emerged in the 1980s and emphasized complex themes and lyrics, and a broad palette of musical styles.

Michel’s 10 albums — in English, French and Haitian Creole — have catapulted her to international fame. The New York Times has compared her to “an island goddess.”

Casuarina combines traditional samba with pop and urban music. Born a dozen years ago in Lapa, a hip yet gritty bohemian Rio neighborhood, the five-member group is part of a samba renaissance that has spread like wildfire in recent years. Casuarina’s original music is balanced by original and sophisticated arrangements of classics.

The veteran musician Brushy One String evokes the sweetness of soul singers like Percy Sledge and Al Green and the grit and wit of Delta bluesmen, all woven together with a Jamaican pulse that shows that the island’s music is about far more than reggae.

“Creole Carnival” features a low price of $5 for Clemson University staff and faculty. Clemson students, meanwhile, get in free with an ID.

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YOU CAN GO

What: globalFEST — “Creole Carnival”

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3

Where: Clemson’s Brooks Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets: $20 adults, $5 Clemson University faculty and staff, free for Clemson University students

Information: 864-656-7787 or www.clemson.edu/Brooks