Kahil El’Zabar & Corey Wilkes & ETHNIC HERITAGE ENSEMBLE @ S.P.A.C.E., Evanston, IL

Ethnic Heritage Ensemble – February 9

  Return The Spirit Tour ALL AGES$15 – $25

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Ethnic Heritage Ensemble at SPACE in Evanston, IL // Doors: 7pm | Show: 8pm // Tickets: $15 – $25

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COVID-19 Policy

All attendees, staff, and artists are required to provide proof of full vaccination (2 weeks from the final dose) in order to enter the venue. This policy is in effect until further notice for all shows and events at SPACE. Please consult evanstonspace.com for the most up-to-date information and policies on masks and COVID safety inside the venue.

Regardless of vaccination status, all guests, artists, and staff will be required to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while inside the venue. Masks will be available at the box office for those who arrive without one.


The legendary Ethnic Heritage Ensemble , has toured internationally , as well as recorded enumerable celebrated projects over the last 45 years. The current line up , featuring Corey Wilkes/trumpet , Alex Harding/baritone sax , and the bands founder, Dr. Kahil El’Zabar/multipercussion/ composition , is guaranteed to inspire audiences , as well as garner significant media for every presenter. The EHE is a must see ensemble , who’s truly making history with each performance! They are 21st century Griot, making Great Black Music for the Mind, Body, and Spirit!

Ethnic Heritage Ensemble – Hot ‘N’ Heavy [Live At The Ascension Loft]
Delmark DE 574 (2007)
Compact Disc – Also Available on DVD!
Kahil El’Zabar, drums, earth drums, kalimba; Corey Wilkes, trumpet, flugelhorn, percussion; Ernest Dawkins, alto and tenor saxophone, percussion; Fareed Haque, electric and acoustic guitar. In a DownBeat review of their previous Delmark album, Freedom Jazz Dance (Delmark 517), Paul de Barros wrote “The forms being advanced here–or at least merged in a creative, new way–are African-American syncopation (funk, jazz) and the vertically integrated multiple parts of African drum ensemble music. With folkish simplicity and beguilingly subdued dynamics, Ethnic Heritage Ensemble–drums, guitar and two horns–achieves an effect something like an ad hoc percussion band walking the second line, with a little James Brown thrown in.”

Ethnic Heritage Ensemble – Freedom Jazz Dance
Delmark DE 517
Compact Disc (1999)

Ethnic Heritage Ensemble is Kahil El’Zabar, drums/percussion; Joseph Bowie, trombone/percussion; Ernest ‘Khabeer’ Dawkins, tenor and alto sax/percussion. The EHE has been about two horns and drums for twenty years but for this CD they are joined by special guest Fareed Haque who plays both acoustic and electric guitar. EHE’s music reflects both African and African-American traditions with dance being so important, and that’s not just physical dancing, it could be dancing in your head. Their first Delmark CD, The Continuum (Delmark 496), received a four star rating in Down Beat. Freedom Jazz Dance features five new original El’Zabar compositions and check out the slammin’ title track written by Eddie Harris with whom Kahil toured Europe in ’93 and talks about in the descriptive notes.

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