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Ethnic Heritage Ensemble (Uncredited)

Ethnic Heritage Ensemble

Founded in Chicago in the 1970s by Kahil El’Zabar, the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble brings together three talented musicians. Kahil El’Zabar, founder of the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, is an internationally celebrated percussionist and composer and is considered one of the most prolific jazz innovators of his generation. His music has been featured in several films and theatrical productions. Being a renaissance man, El’Zabar has also held positions as associate professor of inter/disciplinary arts at the University of Nebraska/Lincoln (1987-99), and the University of Illinois/Chicago (2000-04). Some of the many other awards and accomplishments El’Zabar has received includes being named “Chicagoan of the year” in 2004 by the Chicago Tribune, percussionist of the year award from the Jazz Journalists Association in 2002, 2003 and 2005, Outstanding Career in Music Award from the African American Arts Alliance in 2001, received a Ph.

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Ethnic Heritage Ensemble 6/28/13: Ethnic Heritage Ensemble

The Chicago-based group features multiple improvisers who combine contemporary African American musical styles, jazz, and traditional African instrumentation and rhythms. Part of the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

Ethnic Heritage Ensemble

The Chicago-based group features multiple improvisers who combine contemporary African American musical styles, jazz, and traditional African instrumentation and rhythms. Part of the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

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