African jazz musician and Congolese refugee Emmanuel Nsingani will perform at Dickinson and discuss his music and journey to the U.S. in “Songs of Justice: Emmanuel Nsingani and Friends” on Tuesday, March 20, at 7 p.m. in the Stern Center Great Room.
Nsingani, known for his jazz bass playing, was sent to an orphanage after his parents, Congolese Christian ministers, were murdered by the state. He later escaped to the U.S. and is seeking political asylum. Nsingani’s songs are fueled by social and humanitarian concerns that are serious issues in central Africa, by a strong love of his homeland, and by his honest convictions about human rights. His optimistic lyrics include messages of faith, hope, and love—a celebration of the resiliency of the human heart.
Nsingani lives in the Harrisburg area, where he often performs with fellow Congolese immigrants.
The concert and lecture is coordinated by the Department of Music and sponsored by the music, history, political science, Africana studies and policy studies departments, as well as the Popel Shaw Center for Race & Ethnicity, the Community Studies Center and the Division of Student Life.
Published March 20, 2018