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Bukuru Celestin

Bukuru Celestin is scheduled to perform alongside Snarky Puppy and Banda Magda on Saturday, September 28th at Philadelphia's World Cafe!
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Facilitated through Jefferson Center’s Music Lab, Celestin has created a beautiful, collaborative EP album featuring Bukuru’s original music, fused with the brilliant mind and musical genius of Michael League from the jazz/funk supergroup Snarky Puppy.

The Bukuru Celestin/Snarky Puppy artist residency inside Jefferson Center’s Music Lab focused on the creation of a collaborative recording, but more importantly it encouraged a community dialogue on the arts and how collaborative musical processes can have a positive impact on community. Throughout the creative process, Celestin and Snarky Puppy presented a series of lectures and demonstrations inside local schools, libraries, and Jefferson Center’s Shaftman Performance Hall highlighting the creative process and cross cultural collaboration involved in the creation of the EP. Celestin and Snarky Puppy’s Michael League guided young, local musicians through a series of workshops held inside area schools and community center, highlighting the power of music bringing two cultures together into one seamless musical language to the students.

Michael League, Snarky Puppy

I first met Bukuru in 2009(?) through the Music Lab at Jefferson Center and its czar, the one and only Dylan Locke. Snarky Puppy has been visiting the lab in Roanoke on a regular basis for years, working with young musicians there and helping to foster their growth. On this particular visit, Dylan told me that there was a kid from Burundi with over 40 songs fully composed, recorded, and produced on one of the lab's computers - with that kid playing all of the instruments. I snuck into the control room that night and listened to about 15 of them, which totally floored me. I met Bukuru the next day, and we immediately started plotting collaboration.

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About Bukuru Celestin

Bukuru Celestin is a Music Lab student who graduated from Patrick Henry High School and now attends Virginia Western Community College.

Bukuru is originally from Burundi Africa and moved to the United States in 2008. Bukuru writes, records and performs gospel music in the Afrobeat style. He is often joined by his sisters, Furaha, Elvanie, and Ephrasie who sing background vocals on many of Bukuru’s recordings and live performances.

Through Jefferson Center’s Music Lab and a number of generous grantors, Bukuru has just completed recording a full length album with the jazz/funk group Snarky Puppy.

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Thank you to all of our grantors!