2016-17 World Music Series

Tesoro  Hypnotic Brass Ensemble   
African Guitar Summit  Pamyua

2016-17 World Music Series

Soka Performing Arts Center brings you the best emerging and established artists from around the globe performing traditional music often with a contemporary twist. This year’s offerings include artists from a variety of countries and cultures performing an array of musical styles and genres.

Tickets: $30 ($26 student/senior) – General Admission

Package: 4 World Music Performances | Location: Black Box Theatre (updated 9/21/2016)

Package Price: $92 ($80 student/senior) | Package Savings: $24-28 (23%)

This package is no longer available. However, you may bundle four or more events in a Create Your Own Series.

Tesoro on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Configuration: Standing

The Tucson-based Tesoro beautifully and adeptly mixes the diverse styles of puro flamenco, rumba, cumbia, Latin pop, and rock along with a perfect measure of funk and blues – all the while incorporating its signature powerful rhythms into infectiously heartfelt, unforgettably passionate, romantically catchy tunes.

John Cruz & Ernie Cruz Jr. on Sunday, November 13, 2016 - CANCELLED

We are deeply saddened by the news that our friend, Ernie Cruz, Jr. passed away on September 20th.  Our hearts and thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time.  For more information about the sudden passing of Ernie, please see the article in the Honolulu Star Advertiser: http://www.staradvertiser.com/2016/09/20/breaking-news/hawaii-musician-ernie-cruz-jr-dies-at-sandy-beach/.

At this time, we will be cancelling this performance and removing it from the World Music Series.  It is our hope to be able to present a tribute to the life and music of Ernie Cruz, Jr. in the relatively near future.

Please see updated Series Package prices above for the revised four (4) performance series.

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 8 p.m.

Configuration: Standing

HBE is comprised of seven brothers from the south side of Chicago and their fascinating story is told in the documentary Brothers Hypnotic. Freely mixing the brass band tradition with generous doses of hip hop, soul, and funk, creating an intoxicating and boisterous blend, they have toured with Prince, Mos Def, Mick Jones (The Clash), and Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz).

African Guitar Summit on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 3 p.m.

Configuration: Seated

Juno Award winners for 2005 World Music Album of the Year and nominated again in 2007, this collective unites the talents of several African musicians: guitarist and singer Alpha YaYa Diallo from Guinea; from Madagascar, the quicksilver guitars and harmonies of Donné Roberts and Madagascar Slim; and master percussionist Kofi Ackah from Ghana.

Pamyua on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 8 p.m.

Configuration: Seated

With artists from Alaska and Greenland, Pamyua showcases Inuit culture and shares indigenous knowledge and history through music and dance. Often described as “Inuit Soul Music,” their style derives from traditional melodies reinterpreted with contemporary vocalization and instrumentation. Pamyua (pronounced bum-yo-ah) is a Yup’ik Inuit word meaning “encore.”


Current Package Holder Renewals begin on May 9.

Current series package holder renewals will begin on May 9, 2016 using our online renewal system. Current package holders will receive a special renewal email notice with instructions and a link to renew their current seats. Current package holder seats will be held for renewal until July 6, 2016. After that date, seats that are not renewed will be released for general sale. Click here for renewal instructions.

Online Package Sales for new package subscribers will begin on June 6.

New series package requests will begin on June 6, 2016. An email notice will be sent out to all Soka Performing Arts Center patrons just prior to that date.

Package Sales end the day of the first performance in the series. At that time you may Create Your Own Series with these and other events.

Single-Event Tickets go on sale July 6.

Tickets for individual events (Single-Event Tickets) will go on sale July 6, 2016.  At that time, you may purchase any or all of the individual performances.

PLEASE NOTE: Artists, programs, dates and times subject to change.