UF School of Music, Center for World Arts Music Ensembles Close Out the 2014 “Free Fridays” Concert Series Oct. 24


University of Florida’s World Music Ensembles will present a “Free Fridays” concert at the Bo Diddley Downtown Plaza Friday, Oct. 24 at 8 p.m.  The event features student and faculty musicians and dancers from UF’s College of the Arts for an evening of lively South American and African music and dance traditions.
The groups performing include:

  • Pazeni Sauti Africa Choir, Director Abbey Chokera
  • Jacaré Brazil (Brazilian traditional and popular music), Directors Larry Crook and Welson Tremura.
  • Agbedidi Africa (West African drumming and dancing ensemble), Director Mohamed da Costa.

The Center for World Arts (CWA) at the University of Florida promotes artistic diversity linking local and global communities through the arts. Through an innovative infrastructure featuring performance, curriculum, media, research and outreach, the center advances interdisciplinary perspectives in the arts. In addition, the CWA provides intercultural academic arts programs open to all UF students, including significant arts practice and performance opportunities for students pursuing degrees in the School of Music and the School of Theatre and Dance. To find out more about the center, visit their website at

The 2014 “Free Fridays” concert series is produced by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department. This activity has been funded in part by a Tourist Development Tax Grant from the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners in conjunction with the Alachua County Tourist Development Council, a grant from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and a sponsorship from the Downtown Hampton Inn & Suites. The concerts will play each Friday night this year from Friday, May 2 through Friday, Oct. 24 from 8-10 p.m. at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza, which is located at 111 E. University Ave. To view the complete “Free Fridays” 2014 schedule, please visit the Cultural Affairs Division website at For more information on “Free Fridays,” or to schedule an interview, please contact David Ballard at 352-393-8746.