Summer Stage: Ethiopian, R&B and Urban Sounds with Tomas Doncker & Friends

Tomás Doncker's show this weekend at SummerStage in New York, features a live performance by Ethiopian guitar legend Selam Seyoum Woldemariam and a recording of Doncker's version of the song "Abet Gurage" by Mahmoud Ahmed (Mahmoud will appear live with the group on July 31 at Central Park and August 3rd, 4th, and 5th at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem). The production entitled "The Power of the Trinity" is a musical adaptation of a work by the late NYC-based playwright Roland Wolf about the second Italian invasion and Emperor Haile Selassie’s leadership role. (SummerStage)

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Published: Tuesday, July 24, 2012

New York (TADIAS) – Tomás Doncker’s upcoming shows at Summer Stage entitled Power of the Trinity blend jazz, R&B, Ethiopian beats, reggae and urban sounds, reflecting the diverse borough where he grew up in Brooklyn, New York. The concert, produced in collaboration with some of the best known Ethiopian musicians, is also a traveling musical featuring dance performers from the United States and Africa.

“It’s what I like to call a global soul meditation and how I feel that we are all connected,” Doncker said. “I grew up in Brooklyn, NY, in Crown Heights and I attended St. Ann’s school from 1st grade until the 12th grade.” He added: “Crown Heights at that time was a very dangerous neighborhood. Lots of gangs and violence, but we still managed to maintain a sense of community, at least among the families on my block.”

Receiving a scholarship to attend St. Ann’s made it possible for Doncker to meet people from diverse backgrounds and learn about other cultures. “It changed my life and helped to mold me into the artist that I am today,” he said.

Among others, the show features guitarist Selam Woldermariam and a recording of Doncker’s version of “Abet Gurage” featuring Mahmoud Ahmed. Mahmoud will appear live with the group on July 31 at Central Park and August 3rd, 4th, and 5th at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem (Click here to listen)


Selam (Selamino), Mahmoud Ahmed, and Tomás Doncker. (Courtesy photo)

If You Go:
SummerStage Theater Presented By Time Warner
THE POWER OF THE TRINITY
Written by: Roland Wolf
Adapted & Directed By: Alfred Preisser
Original Music Composition by Tomás Doncker
7.27.2012 | 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Springfield Park
7.28.2012 | 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Springfield Park
7.31.2012 | 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park
8.3.2012 | 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Marcus Garvey Park
8.4.2012 | 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Marcus Garvey Park
8.5.2012 | 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Marcus Garvey Park

Live global-soul music sets the backdrop for SummerStage’s world premiere of “The Power of the Trinity.” Click here for complete schedule.