Presented in conjuction with Jordi Savall’s The Routes of Slavery Concert 
8pm, Nov 3, Zellerbach Hall

Jordi Savall’s far-ranging program pays tribute to the enormous contributions of enslaved Africans to world culture. Join us as we explore concepts behind the program, and, in Savall’s words, “What we share is more than what divides us.”


3pm Artist Talk with Jordi Savall, Director and Performer
with Sabrina Klein, Cal Performances’ Director of Artistic Literacy The artistic inspiration and musical discoveries used to create this remarkable concert 

4pm Music Experience
An interactive opportunity to experience the music with Melanie DeMore, vocal activist

4:20pm Panel Discussion
Olivia Araiza, (facilitator) Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, UC Berkeley

Maria Elena Diaz, UC Santa Cruz, Dept of History African Diaspora and the legacy of slavery and colonialism in Latin America

Mina Girgis, musicologist and founder of The Nile Project

Ahmad Sikainga, Dept. of History, The Ohio State University Slavery, labor, urban history and popular culture in Africa, the African Diaspora, and the Middle East.

The Haas Institute’s Othering & Belonging framework informs a discussion on how outsider/subversive culture becomes part of the public sphere and how music is a key to how people understand each other

5:30pm Reception

The Routes of Slavery: Memories of Slavery (1444–1888)
Directed by Jordi Savall Sat, Nov 3, Zellerbach Hall

Characteristic of Savall’s expansive, inclusive musical imagination, The Routes of Slavery unites more than two dozen musicians from 10 countries on four continents in a reverent and uplifting celebration of the influence of enslaved Africans on the culture of the Americas and Europe. Vocalists from the United States, Mali, Colombia, and Catalonia blend with instrumentalists from Morocco, Europe, and West Africa, with historic readings intertwined throughout. Sponsored by UNESCO, this massive cross-cultural musical reconciliation serves as an extraordinary tribute to the resilience of the human spirit. 

Presented in Association with the UC Berkeley Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society and the Center for African Studies.  Free and open to the public.