Upcoming Arcomusical concert, berimbau demonstration at DeKalb Public Library


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The berimbau comes from Africa and was brought to Brazil during the Transatlantic slave trade.

By Joseph Howerton, Video Editor

DeKALB – Ring in the holidays with a live musical performance by Arcomusical at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 9 at the DeKalb Public Library post opening hours.

Arcomusical is an ensemble dedicated to the berimbau instrument and its music. The berimbau is a five-foot-tall bow instrument that originates from Africa and was brought over to Brazil during the Transatlantic slave trade. The band’s goal through their performance is to not only tell the history of the instrument’s journey, but also its symbolism against oppression.

During the performance, spectators will also be treated to an educational experience regarding the berimbau, its music and how it works. After the performance, there will be a time encouraged for children to come see the instruments up close, hold them and even play from them.

This will mark Arcomusical’s fourth year playing at DeKalb Public Library as part of the library’s holiday festivities.

Arcomusical’s performance will include well-known songs fitting the holiday season and some of their classics. There will also be a special performance of sacred Afro-Cuban music played on berimbau bow and drumming instruments. 

Light refreshments will be provided.

The concert is free with no registration required. Doors will be open at 6 p.m. at the DeKalb Public Library’s lobby and the performance will start at 6:30 p.m.