Join Vocal Performer and Storyteller Fred Johnson along with percussionist and melodic storyteller Don Johnson for an evening of traditional drumming, African harp, and voice to explore African heritage and the healing power of music. Just as West African mud cloth weaves together both the beauty of individuality and respect for community, Fred and Don weave a celebration of music and history to unify communities and amplify hope.
An acclaimed jazz vocalist, sacred chanter, storyteller, author and arts educator, Fred Johnson has worked with legends such as Aretha Franklin, George Benson, B. B. King, and Patti LaBelle. In addition, he studied abstract painting at The National Academy of Art and Design and presents regularly on the healing power of music. Fred currently serves as Artist in Residence and Community Engagement Specialist at The Straz Center where he additionally coordinates their Arts and Health programming and special program support initiatives for veterans and their family members and active duty personnel serving in the Tampa Bay area.
Don Laurin Johnson is a percussionist and melodic storyteller whose heart is firmly rooted in healing traditions of the African Diaspora. He’s been blessed to serve humanity on every continent except Antarctica.