Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  MARQUETTE – A video highlighting the One World Beat concert held earlier this year in Marquette as part of a global music festival will be broadcast on television over the next month. It will air on Northern Michigan UniversityÂ’s channel 20 at 1 p.m. Mondays, August 2-23; and on Charter channel 2 at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 6:30 p.m. Fridays through August.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  The video is 90 minutes in length and was produced by NMU students from footage of the four-hour concert, which was held March 20 at the Landmark Inn.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  “We taped the whole thing with three digital cameras from the communication and performance studies department,” said Nick Van Court, a recent NMU graduate from Daggett. “The process took a while, but it was really worth it. The music is outstanding.”

There were more than 200 One World Beat concerts in more than 40 countries over the March 19-21 weekend. Van Court said “it was great to be a part of something so big.”

NMU professor Louise Bourgault planned the Marquette event and turned it into a learning experience for her global communications class and members of the Media Alliance for Communication Students.

“The funds raised from all of the concerts went to the ‘Keep a Child AliveÂ’ project of the Global AIDS Alliance, a coalition of AIDS advocacy groups,” said Bourgault. Ã‚“The funds will be used to provide medicines for HIV-positive African children. We raised nearly $3,500 in Marquette through ticket sales, donations, T-shirt sales and a silent auction. Local businesses contributed goods to the silent auction, which raised $700 alone.”

Featured performers at the Marquette concert were Senegalese musician Mady Kouyate, who played a kora – an instrument with a harp-like appearance and a notched bridge similar to a lute or guitar; Ignorant Mob, a local reggae/ska band; and munbut, a local Indie rock band. All played free of charge for the benefit.

The One World Beat global music festival started in 2003. This was the first year one was held in Marquette.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  “I would like the tradition to continue,” Bourgault said.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  In addition to the television broadcasts, the concert video is also available for viewing at http://www.acs.nmu.edu/media.php#owb.

Prepared By
Jessica Holman