TURNmusic, Axel’s Frame Shop and Gallery, and Blackback Pub have teamed up again to present three free Music in the Alley summer concerts starting this Friday, June 17, from 6-9 p.m.
The venue is outside in the alley at 5 Stowe Street next to Axel’s. The first performance will be KeruBo, an Afro-jazz singer-songwriter and artist from Kenya who now lives in Vermont.
KeruBo sings African folk music, Afro Pop and Afro jazz, from lamentations to more modern arrangements. His style is a mix of traditional African music with inflections of Brazilian samba/bossanova, jazz and blues.
His first album is called “Hali ya Utu”, in Swahili for “the state of humanity”. Through her music and performances, KeruBo says she questions the human condition and the need to reconnect with what “utu” or “brotherhood” really means. Dedicated to social justice, KeruBo’s songs tell the stories of life and offer connection, reflection on life’s struggles and offer encouraging words of self-acceptance.
And thanks to the magic of Vermont’s summer concert lineup, KeruBo is performing in Waterbury twice this week. She will also take the bandstand stage at Rusty Parker Memorial Park for Thursday’s Rotary Concert at 6 p.m. in the park, giving the community two opportunities to hear her music.