A2VT and local Somali band Walinja perform

walinjaAs part of Saint Michael's International Music Series, the Burlington-based Somali Bantu Traditional music ensemble Walinja will perform. According to a story in the Burlington Free Press, Mohamed Bulle plays the six strings of a sharrara, a triangular lyre instrument that resembles a guitar. He and Osman Hassan are master Somali Bantu misicians and instrument makers, who learend their art from their village elders in Somalia when they were children. According to them, "no other somali Bantu misicians of their caliber exist in the United States, and therefore they have become immensely popular in  refugee communities across the country." Their group name Walinja, means "coming together to make something." The opening act of their concert will be the "hot new Burlington-based African rap trio A2VT, which features Said Bulle, the nephew of Walinja leader Mohamed Bulle.

"They are a world-class ensemble... and we are really lucky to have them working here [in Burlington] and keeping their traditions alive," Professor William Ellis said. He invited the group to Saint Michael's.

Photos provided by Glenn Russell of Burlington Free Press.

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