MARQUETTE – Marquette is one of several cities across the globe that will host a “One World Beat” concert to raise money for children afflicted with AIDS. The local fundraiser is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 24, in the University Center Great Lakes rooms at Northern Michigan University.

            The concert will feature a variety of musical entertainment. The Bernard Woma Trio, whose members hail from Detroit, Mich., and Buffalo, N.Y., will provide a Ghanaian percussion performance. Local bands Combo Caliente and Ignorant Mob will contribute salsa and indie rock, and brothers Ricky and Marco Volcy from the NMU basketball team will perform a French rap/instrument duet.

            Louise Bourgault, an NMU professor who has helped coordinate Marquette’s “One World Beat” events for the past three years, said that interest in the event has significantly increased.

            “We have more sponsors this year because the project is bigger,” she said. “I also think more people are interested in sponsoring because awareness of the HIV/AIDS pandemic is growing.”

            Students from Bourgault’s communication and performance in Africa class have also helped with advertising and coordinating the concert.  Senior biology major Rachael Guth assisted by putting up posters at businesses on Third Street.

            “I’ve learned a lot about the AIDS epidemic from class,” she said. “Concerts like this are important to help combat it.”

            There is no admission fee, but a donation of $8 for adults and $4 for students and children is suggested. All proceeds will go to the Tumaini Children’s Home in Ngong, Kenya. 

            This event is sponsored by academic affairs, diversity student services, the College of Professional Studies, the health promotion office, and the departments of English, philosophy, history and criminal justice.

            For more information, contact Bourgault at 227-1645.

Prepared By
Becky Kratz