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UT Arlington hosts musical Fulbright Scholar

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Monday, March 17, 2008

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Media Contact: Sue Stevens

ARLINGTON - Fulbright Scholar Dr. Olusanjo Daramola, an authority on African and Islamic music who teaches and performs at Obafemi Awolowo University in the Osun State of Nigeria, will be visiting The University of Texas at Arlington from March 23 to April 25.

Daramola has written a number of articles focusing on the Yoruban and Islamic concepts and culture. He will be in residence at the Department of Music, teaching world music and working with the University African Music Ensemble. He will be also giving lectures on African history, jazz history and international communication, and participating in events across the campus.

UT Arlington partnered with other area institutions for the scholar’s visit, including the Tarrant County College District, Richland College, Collin County Community College and a number of public schools and libraries. Dr. Michael Varner, professor of music at UT Arlington, will act as Daramola’s host.“We are looking forward with much anticipation to his visit. A very limited number of institutions across the United States are chosen to host scholars by the Fulbright institution and we are proud that they have selected our proposal,” said Varner. “Dr. Daramola will bring a wealth of new ideas and information to students of all disciplines across campus and help us better understand the varied cultures of Africa.” Daramola will be a highlight speaker for UT Arlington’s “International Week” April 7 through 13.

He also will perform in a concert at 7:30 Wednesday, April 16, in Texas Hall, 701 W. Nedderman Drive. The concert, titled “A Celebration of African Music and Culture,” will feature many African musicians in the metroplex in spotlight performances.

“The concert is a chance to become acquainted with the incredibly fine musicians who represent Africa here in the metroplex,” Varner said.. The concert is a scholarship benefit to allow future UT Arlington students to travel and experience Africa first-hand. Admission is $5.

Daramola will be available for interviews while on campus. Call Varner at (817) 272-2526 for tickets and more information.

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