On Tuesday, Oct. 9, Haitian troubadour band Ti-Coca and Wanga-Nègès will take center stage at 7:30 p.m. in Herrick Chapel.
Hailing from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the charismatic mizik twoubadou of Ti-Coca and Wanga-Nègès sways, seduces, and evokes a late-night rural dance party, no matter where the performance.
Twoubadous' repertoire evolved in Haiti's isolated rural areas and has become a key touchstone for Haitians, privileged and poor alike. Twoubadous are in demand everywhere: They are hired to greet visitors at the airport, to pack the dance floor at exclusive dinner clubs, and to keep the party going in small villages and towns. And Ti-Coca is considered one of the best.
With a straightforward and utterly committed joy, Ti-Coca moves through Haiti's African, Caribbean, and Latin acoustic sounds with the high-energy determination and lightness of his group's namesake, the hummingbird. Nimble banjo and shimmering accordion pair up with earthy percussion, the rollicking manoumba (traditional double bass), and Ti-Coca's tcha-tcha, a simple gourd percussion instrument he coaxes into virtuosity. Led by his gritty, warm voice and unflagging charisma, Ti-Coca and his group make a mixture designed to elevate and seduce.
Tickets are required for this free public performance and may be obtained at the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts box office, beginning Thurs., Oct. 4, noon to 5 p.m. A limited number of tickets are also available beginning at noon, Oct. 4, at the Pioneer Bookshop in downtown Grinnell.
Herrick Chapel is located at 1128 Park St., with parking available along the street in front of the venue and in nearby parking lots. Grinnell welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. Information on parking and accessibility is available on the college website, here. Accommodation requests may be made to Conference Operations at 641-269-3235 or calendar[at]grinnell[dot]edu.
Ti-Coca and Wanga-Nègès perform. Photographer: Coutney Correl