Urban Jazz Harmonicist Frédéric Yonnet and Ethiopian-born signer/songwriter & Grammy Nominee Wayna will lend their musical talents, as they unveil a collaborative Sickle Cell Anthem song, at the “3rd Annual Mo’ Than Jazz Sickle Cell Benefit Concert” featuring performances by Frédéric Yonnet, Wayna & Adoration – tonight at the Florida Avenue Baptist Church.
It is always a wonderful thing when talented, nationally recognized artists give of their time and talents to bring attention to a worthy cause. It’s even more impactful when artists who reside in the DC area, take the time out of their busy touring and work schedules to give back to the DC community. Tonight at the Florida Avenue Baptist Church, national recording artists, Urban Jazz Harmonicist & Stevie Wonder protégée Frédéric Yonnet and Ethiopian-born signer/songwriter & Grammy Nominee Wayna, will join the Florida Ave Baptist Church’s choir Adoration for a benefit concert to raise Sickle Cell awareness, an inherited blood condition. Yonnet and Wayna will preview their new collaboration, a song that is promising to be a powerful anthem to the brave survivors of Sickle Cell, at tonights “Third Annual “Mo’ Than Jazz” Sickle Cell Benefit Concert.
Sickle cell disease affects approximately 15% of African-American children. Another 2 million Americans, or 1 in 12 African Americans, and 1 in 16 Hispanic carry the sickle cell trait. The disease is most prevalent in the African-American community, though individuals of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Central and South American, and Asian Indian heritage can develop the disease. 17-year-old Kenard Brooks, a sickle cell disease patient who will attend tonight’s concert, knows first hand the effects of Sickle Cell; as does Frédéric Yonnet, who has a niece with Sickle Cell. Sickle Cell awareness is an important cause at Florida Avenue Baptist Church – it is through the dedication and support of the Florida Avenue Baptist Church’s Health Initiative, that the “Mo’ Than Jazz” music ministry helps Faces of Our Children, a non-profit organization, increase awareness of sickle cell anemia.
Tonight’s benefit concert will feature a pre-reception, Sickle Cell Exhibit and screenings starting at 5 pm; doors will open at 5:30 and the concert will start at 6 pm. The Third Annual “Mo’ Than Jazz” Sickle Cell Benefit Concert is hosted by the Florida Avenue Baptist Church and the event’s proceeds will go to Faces of Our Children, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness, support and funding for the fight against the sickle cell disease.
Tickets are $25 (a tax-deductible donation) and can be purchased by calling 202-667-3409 or go online to Third Annual “Mo’ Than Jazz” Sickle Cell Benefit Concert. This event is sponsored by UFCW LOCAL 400 and co-sponsored by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Bohemian Caverns and TheRoot.com.
Event: 3rd Annual Mo’ Than Jazz Sickle Cell Benefit Concert featuring Frédéric Yonnet, Wayna & Adoration
Date: Saturday, November 19, 2011
Time: Reception starts at 5 pm; Doors at 5:30 p; Concert at 6 pm
Location: Florida Avenue Baptist Church – 623 Florida Ave. NW, Washington, DC
Tickets: $25 tax-deductible donation – Call 202-667-3409 or Purchase Here