With our highly accessible ethnic world music mix and our ability to get an audience on its feet, The Afro-Semitic Experience is redefining the jazz concert and making a difference with our message of Unity in the Community.
As legendary jazz critic, Nat Hentoff wrote “. . . never before have I heard this lyrically powerful a fusion of Jewish and jazz souls on fire. . .” The Afro-Semitic Experience's music is described by critic Carlos Ramos as "a whoopin', hollerin', testifyin' celebration of multicultural soul music. Imagine Charles Mingus sitting in with a Klezmer band, playing Gospel music set to the polyrhythmic pace of congas and bongos."
funeral information for Baba David Coleman
Baba David Coleman, drummer, teacher, priest, and founding member of the Afro-Semitic Experience died peacefully on Saturday night, February 27, surrounded by his family. He had recently been diagnosed with stage IV liver cancer that had entered his lungs.
We’ve been in touch with Baba David’s son, Olu. He asked us to pass along information regarding the funeral. It will be livestreamed this Sunday morning, March 7, at 9:00 am, EST. Here’s what he asked us to share:
In honoring our Father, Baba David Coleman, we are truly grateful for all of the acts of kindness shown during this difficult time. Thank you for all of the calls, texts, donations and other kind expressions of sympathy.
Please join us for a virtual live-streamed celebration of life on Sunday March 7, 2021
at 9:00AM EST please follow these directions:
1. Go to www.Calhounfuneral.com
2. Go to Obituaries
3. Go to Akron
4. In the name search, enter Baba David Coleman
5. Click View Obituary
If you wish to send cards of condolence to the family here’s the address:
Olugbala Manns-Coleman 4476 State Route 43 #5 Kent, Ohio 44240
If you wish to help the family defray the costs of the funeral, here is the link for the Go Fund Me page to support Baba David Coleman and his family:
LETTERS FROM THE AFFAIR: Highlights reel
Please take a look at a short highlights reel from our recent performances of our new work, Letters from the Affair featuring Cantor Malachi Kanfer and Cantor Martin Levson.
For #BlackJewishUnity Week.
"My Feet Began to Pray"
A new song from the Afro-Semitic Experience inspired by an African saying taught by Representative John Lewis and the words of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel