|March 19, 2013|
The United Nations will host American jazz musician and designated UNESCO Artist for Peace, Marcus Miller, in an upcoming concert to commemorate the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
The concert will take place at the United Nations General Assembly Hall on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 7:00 pm (by invitation only). The musical program will follow the slave trade route, starting with artists from Africa, then the Caribbean and finally North America. Along with Miller, there will be performances by the National Ballet of Cameroon, Benyoro (a West African band), Somi (an American singer of Rwandan and Ugandan origins) and Steel Pulse (an English reggae band of Afro-Caribbean, Indian and Asian descent).
Marcus Miller is a two-time Grammy Award winning American jazz musician, composer, producer, and radio host who is best known for his mastery of the bass guitar and his collaboration with legendary artists Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Luther Vandross and David Sanborn. Miller began working with UNESCO in April 2012, when he participated with the first International Jazz Day organized by UNESCO with the Thelonious Monk Institute, performing with Hugh Masekela and giving master classes to young people. He will participate again this year. The official ceremony to designate him a UNESCO Artist for Peace will take place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on July 4, 2013. In his new capacity, Miller will work with UNESCO’s Slave Route Project and will focus on promoting peace, dialogue, and unity through music.
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