International Women’s Day
Los Angeles-Ash Grove Music Presents: Beyond November- Party with a Purpose. The occasion was Celebrating International Women’s Day: Building towards Single-Payer, Universal Health. This event was held on Sunday, March 8, 2009 at the Southern California Library, 6120 S. Vermont Ave.
There were 958 events all over the world; in 12 countries celebrating International Women’s Day stated S. Pearl Sharp, poet, writer, filmmaker and Mistress of Ceremonies for today’s celebration.
Guitarist Bernie Pearl and Michael Berry-bass kicked off the program with some foot stomping down home delta blues. They opened their set with a tune attributed to Bessie Smith entitled “No Stanger Blues” and continued with “Country Sugar Momma,” “I Be’s Trouble(also known as Can’t Be Satisfied”) by Muddy Waters and concluded their set with “When You Get Home Baby; Sit Down and Write Me a Few Little Lines” by Mississippi Fred McDowell.
S. Pearl Sharp recited a couple of poems the first one entitled “The Never Women” from her latest CD- Higher Ground and another poem “Death By Cholesterol”.
Next to perform were Shine Mawusi Women’s’ Drum Alliance. Shine is short for Sisters Healing Inspiring Nurturing, Empowering. Mawusi is a West African term in Ewe meaning In The Hands of God. Their set was energetic and spirited. They performed on various djuns- djuns, djembes, bells and sekeres. The group took the crowd on a musical journey into the foundations of traditional West African rhythms.
The Center for the Study of Political Graphics presented a slide show of International Women’s Day Posters to the delight of the crowd.
Jim Dawson from Healthcare for All led a discussion about the goal of Single-Payer, Universal Health. After a brief intermission, The Lefteous Sisters performed original tunes. Additional performers featured poetry by Imani Tolliver and Latrice Dixon, Gary Phillips-author, and Jazz with Mark Maxwell.
Beyond November-Party with a Purpose mission is to use music, performance, and culture to organize people. This program is part of a traveling road show to entertain, to inform, and to inspire into action. The group is tapping into the positive energy sparked by the Obama campaign to bring community services together with people in need.