This Week: ReBelle!

HADLEY, MA-- The Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum is excited to announce the return of local roots reggae aficionados, ReBelle, to continue the 36th annual Wednesday Folk Traditions concert series. Intergenerational and intercultural, ReBelle performs inspirational and meditative original roots reggae in four languages.  Mythical chants mix with pulsing tribal rhythms, guitar, and tight harmonies. This and all other performances are held Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm in the Sunken Garden at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum, 130 River Drive, Route 47, Hadley, MA 01035. General Admission is $12 and $2 for children 16 and under. Picnickers are welcome on the museum grounds beginning at 5:00 pm. The Museum and its grounds are a smoke-free site.


ReBelle is an intergenerational and intercultural roots reggae band from Africa and America, founded by Kalpana Devi and Emmanuel Manou. Their eloquent compositions of pulsing tribal rhythms and strong arrangements are a combination of Rasta, soul, folk, and poetic insurgence elements. Vocalists chant meditations on liberation atop a band propelling energy and soul with lyrics in English, Wolof, Creole, and French. The band’s mystical sound is internationally acclaimed with numerous performances in Senegal and Cape Verde. ReBelle and its members are committed to bringing love, justice, and unity among people and nations through their music. They  have received praise from the Valley Advocate, Relix, and the Woodstock Review. The Valley Advocate described ReBelle as having “heavy channeling in their live shows…When ReBelle performs, concert halls become churches, and for several hours, at least, people come together.”

Wednesday Folk Traditions continues on June 28th with a performance by Youssoupha Sidibe and Charles Neville and continues Wednesdays throughout July.  Youssoupha Sidibe, a renowned Senegalese musician and master Kora player, will be joined by saxophonist Charles Neville to present an eclectic mix of traditional West-African pieces and New Orleans Jazz.


Wednesday Folk Traditions is funded, in part, by grants from: the Marion I. And Otto C. Kohler Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts; the Amherst and Hadley Cultural Councils, local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency; Eversource Energy, Easthampton Savings Bank, PeoplesBank, and Wal-Mart Foundation, and many additional local businesses.