Born in DC in the early 70′s, Sweet Honey in the Rock is a gospel group known for their community involvement and commitment to making change. The groups recent incarnation, Carol Maillard, Aisha Kahlil, Louise Robinson, Nitanju Bolade Casel and Shirley Childress, is primed to bring their positive message to Richmond audiences December 16th at the Carpenter Hall at Center Stage.
The band’s mission statement shows their commitment to doing whats right for minority groups here in the US and around the world:
Sweet Honey In The Rock® is a performance ensemble rooted in African American history and culture. The ensemble educates, entertains and empowers its audience and community through the dynamic vehicles of a cappella singing and American Sign Language interpretation for the Deaf and hearing impaired. Sweet Honey’s audience and community comes from diverse backgrounds and cultures throughout the United States and around the world, and includes people of all ages, economic/education/social backgrounds, political persuasions, religious affiliations, sexual preferences and differing abilities.
Sweet Honey has a long celebrated career, spanning Grammy wins and noms, working with South African legends Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and even a stint as animated characters on PBS’s Sesame Street. Here’s some video of the group’s performance at Koerner Hall in Toronto in early 2012.