Russian Singing and Hip-Hop at UCSB’s MultiCultural Center

By Amy Chong

February holds a full schedule for UCSB’s MultiCultural Center, including a performance troupe from the Russian republic of Tuva and a summit on various aspects of Hip Hop culture.

Tyva Kyzy (“Daughters of Tuva”) is the first and only all-female Tuvan folk group, performing the five main styles of Tuvan throat singing this Friday. This Tuvan style of singing uses multiple tones and harmonies to express powerful emotions from these women. Historically only performed by men, these women help break societal barriers by sharing their talent with the world. The five-member group tours the US this winter, performing this Friday, February 9 at 8 p.m. in UCSB’s MultiCultural Center Theater. Tickets are $5 for UCSB students and $15 for the public. Call the Associated Students Ticket Office at 893-2064.

Part of a new program deemed MCC in IV, the Isla Vista-area restaurant Eclectic is holding a quarterly open mic night for poetry, music, and dance. MCC in IV was created by Catherine Cole, professor in dramatic arts at UCSB, Yoni Harris, dean of student affairs, and Zaveeni Khan-Marcus, director of the MCC. The program was designed to give students a fun, positive place to party while promoting cultural diversity. The atmosphere will be supportive, so don’t be afraid to open up. Everyone is encouraged to come at 8 p.m. this Thursday, February 8. Eclectic at 6530 Pardall Rd.

Finally, a Youth Cinemedia Workshop is held this Saturday, February 10 presenting a hands-on exploration of hip-hop through music/video production, graffiti/stencil art and t-shirt design. Participants will be able to learn to make beats, spin turntables, write and record a song, make a music video, or design and print an original t-shirt. This two-hour free opportunity will examine hip-hop culture and allow for individual creation. Be ready at 5 PM at the UCSB MultiCultural Center Lounge.

For more information on UCSB Multicultural Center happenings, visit their calendar of events page.

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