Northern Michigan University’s International Performing Arts Series will present a concert by African Guitar Summit member Adam Solomon and his band, Tikisa, on Saturday, Feb. 7. The event will begin at 8 p.m. in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center. Solomon began performing at an early age in Mombasa, Kenya, where he played at village celebrations and festivals. As a guitarist, Solomon established himself by playing lead guitar and singing with many of Kenya’s most popular bands and musicians. In 2005, Solomon was a Juno Award winner, and a double award winner at the Toronto African Music Awards. In 1996 Solomon formed his own band, Tiskisa, and released an award winning album titled “Safari.” In 2006 the band released its second album, “Mti Wa Maisha,” meaning the Tree of Life. Solomon also has released two solo albums in 2003 and 2007. Solomon’s style combines African rhythms from soukous, reggae, samba, bossa nova and rhumba. His specialty is singing and playing in the African blues style while fusing with the Mississippi Delta blues style of BB King and Muddy Waters. Tickets are $6 for students, $15 for NMU faculty and staff and $20 for the general public. They may be purchase at all NMU EZ Ticket locations or online at www.nmu.edu/tickets. For more information on Solomon, Tikisa and their music, visit www.adamsolomon.ca.
January 27, 2009