Holiday Sea Island Gullah Celebration

Holiday Sea Island Gullah Celebration

Date: December 4, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
Production by Anita Singleton-Prather and The Gullah Kinfolk in historic Beaufort, South Carolina, at the University of South Carolina Beaufort campus Center for the Arts. The evening includes a taste of Gullah soul food buffet, artist showcase and marketplace, full stage musical with Aunt Pearlie Sue and Gullah Kinfolk: Christmas Wish Freedom Coming.

Gullah Christmas art by Diane Britton Dunham

Gullah Christmas art by Diane Britton Dunham

Meet Diane Britton Dunham and many more featured artists exhibiting before the show. Sample local Gullah foods and mingle with local chefs.

Freedom Coming is a significant performance that shares the Sea Island Gullah tradition with audiences in a new way, performed by Anita Singleton-Prather and her singing ensemble The Gullah Kinfolk from Beaufort, South Carolina.aunt pearlie sue

It is Christmas 1860, the last Christmas before the Civil War begins. The scene is a Sea Island slave cabin where enslaved Africans are anticipating Christmas day and talking about freedom. Gullah songs and storytelling include everything from spirituals, work songs and play songs to rhythmic, foot stomping ring shout songs that are unique to the Gullah praise house traditions.DSC_9314


Book tickets at this link or call the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce 843-986-1102 to reserve your tickets for the Gullah performance, feast and art show or to arrange a weekend tour including history, culture and entertainment. Tickets are $35 at the door, $30 advance and $10 for children. Special group rates are available.

Jazz Vibraphonist Daniel Z Plays Free in Spartanburg, SC

Regional singer-songwriters perform weekly at Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, as part of its Sundays Unplugged program. Open 1-5 p.m. every Sunday, the center provides casual and cultural entertainment for all ages, most notably with its free concert series featuring a different band or musician of varying genres each week, 2-4 p.m. Art and history museums are open with free admission to complement the music.DanielZ1

Featured Sunday, Feb. 22, is jazz percussionist Daniel Z. Known in the Upstate for his fluidity and improvisation on the vibraphone, a xylophone-like instrument also known as the vibes or vibraharp, this native New Yorker has also performed throughout the United States, as well as in parts of Europe. He became a local musical phenomenon after moving to South Carolina several years ago. Though primarily a solo vibraphonist, Daniel Z is joined at times by fellow singer-songwriters to create the Daniel Z Trio or Quartet, featuring bass, guitar, voice, piano, flute, and/or trumpet. He is known for switching up the arrangement, or even genre, varying anywhere from modern jazz to bossa nova to swinging jazz.

Sundays Unplugged will also give patrons the opportunity to audition for The Spartanburg Little Theatre’s upcoming production of The Music Man. Visitors with acting and vocal experience interested in joining the SLT cast may audition 3-6 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre. Roles are available for varying ages and ethnicities. Auditioners must arrive at least 15 minutes early, prepared with sheet music to perform a musical theatre-style song. Accompaniment will be provided.

All Sunday activity is complemented by free admission to Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg Regional History Museum, and the Student Galleries. Spartanburg Science Center is open with a small entrance fee.

For more information on Sundays Unplugged activities at Chapman Cultural Center, visit or call (864) 542-ARTS.SLT_TheMusicMan

Aunt Pearlie Sue and Gullah Kinfolk Present Benefit Performance for Angels Charge Ministry

DSC_9456Aunt Pearlie Sue and the Gullah Kinfolk will deliver their Gullah singing, dancing and storytelling in Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Spartanburg, SC, to support the Angel Charge Ministry Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 6:00 PM .

Angels Charge Ministry helps women rebuild their lives without condemning or judging them. It is based on Psalm 91 referring to God’s angels watching over and helping others. Since April, weekly Bible sessions involving praise services and prayer requests are held for women at the Spartanburg County Detention Center.

Nannie Jefferies, executive director of the ministry and pastor of Maranatha Free Church of Jesus Christ, 350 Garner Road, organized the program and is expanding it to help women once they are released from jail.

“The idea is to look at why these women continue to have a life of incarceration and what it will take to stop it,” Jefferies said. “We know the program is not for everyone, but it is for those who want to be whole. This program also deals with restoring their lives.”DSC_9400

Aunt Pearlie Sue and the Gullah Kinfolk are the most exciting musical sensation ever to come from the South Carolina Sea Islands. Virtually all related, the closeness of this dynamic group is apparent from the first song. Audiences nationwide have been mesmerized by their unique style, memorable performances and uplifting renditions of their historical repertoire. The group was formed by Anita Singleton-Prather; best known for her beloved character Aunt Pearlie Sue, in an effort to preserve Gullah history and the Gullah dialect. A performance by the Gullah Kinfolk is a rare treat that will be remembered for a lifetime.

Tickets for the event are $10 for adults and $5 for students.  For more information and to purchase tickets contact Nannie Jeffries at 863-529-5472 or


Meet Elvis, Sinatra and More!

Aug2014 024Krispy KremeJCACRockinSinging Telegrams’ for a discount this month, especially the “Patriotic Singing Telegram” for Veteran’s Day, and the “Thank ya! Thank ya very much!” for Thanksgiving, and the Anniversary and Birthday Telegrams with 3 songs plus “HAPPY _____ DAY,” usually $75, now $60, including jumpsuit (Elvis), costuming (Motown, Sinatra, etc.) with portable PA system, background, and great photo opps too.

Available at your location! Ask us for details about these and more talented performers.

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Hank D. Herring presents Frederick Douglass “Making of a Man”

Hank D. Herring will present highlights from the life and the famed July 4 speech of Frederick Douglass in a one-man stage show at ARTworks in Beaufort, SC February 14 and 15.

Hank D. Herring presents Frederick Douglass

Hank D. Herring presents Frederick Douglass

Doors for “Making of a Man” open at 6 pm, and the show opens at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available online or at the door: $17 per person; students $12 and children ages 12 and younger $7. Call ARTworks for more information: 843-379-2787.

After escaping from slavery, Frederick Douglass became a leader of the abolitionist movement. A self-educated man, Douglass became known as a great orator and author. Campaigning tirelessly for emancipation throughout his lifetime, he made a firm case for the equal rights of all people. Douglass was quoted as saying, “I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.”

Herring is also the featured artist of the month exhibiting in the gallery at ARTworks. A specialist in framing, an educator and craftsman, he frequently exhibits and speaks at festivals and cultural events. His work also includes wood carving, collectible and functional ceramic and wooden boxes,  and a wide variety of mixed media creations which often use found materials such as driftwood, leather, glass or fabric. He is noted for his use of Adinkra symbols and customized designs.

Music that Inspires! The 2013-2014 Symphony Season

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CMC_Solo_JJonesMusical Narrative (Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 4:00)

Featuring the Carolina Master Chorale: Jeffrey Jones, baritone

Symphonic music’s inherent descriptive power is able not only to portray emotions and paint pictures, but even tell a story. Hear some of the most powerful and famous narrative masterpieces in the orchestral repertory, from a great Shakespeare drama to an epic biblical tale, a journey down a Bohemian river and even a ride on a roller coaster!

John Adams Short Ride in a Fast Machine

Smetana The Moldau

Tchaikovsky Romeo & Juliet

Walton Belshazzar’s Feast

Classical Series performances are held on Sundays at 4:00 in the Music & Arts Center of Myrtle Beach High School, 3302 Robert Grissom Parkway in Myrtle Beach. A pre-concert talk with Maestro Charles Jones Evans is at 3:15 in the cafeteria.

The Long Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra presents the second concert of the season:

Gospel Celebration (Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:00) – Music & Arts Center, Myrtle Beach High School

Featuring the Community Youth Gospel Choir coordinated by the Mason Temple Church.

The concert is a benefit for The Genesis Community Complex of the Mason Temple Church. Tickets $10 Adults and $5 Students (22 and under).

Tickets available for all concerts through the Long Bay Symphony office at 950 48th Avenue N., Suite 202, Myrtle Beach, by phone 843.448.8379 or online at

Gullah Caribbean Christmas Program Announced

Aunt Pearlie Sue and the Gullah Kinfolk will entertain with “Gullah Caribbean Christmas” Saturday, December 7 at 7 pm at Penn Center. in Beaufort, SC. The special event includes contemporary Christmas music, a bit of comedy, dancing and a Caribbean cuisine feast.

art by Diane Britton Dunham

art by
Diane Britton Dunham

Aunt Pearlie Sue, the character developed by Anita Singleton Prather, is a nationally acclaimed storyteller, and her Gullah Kinfolk is a professional singing cast. Together they deliver messages of the Gullah culture of the South Carolina Sea Islands to bring history alive on stage.

Prather is an ordained minister, historian, teacher, musician, writer and story teller. She is known for her work preserving the Gullah culture through songs and stories and has toured the United State and Canada with her group of professional singers and musicians. Her performances employ an interactive technique that she believes offers audience members a deep experience as they are invited to become part of the Gullah story.

Advance adult tickets are $40 at the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center or the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce. For group booking or package specials please contact

“Becoming Harriet Tubman”

“Becoming Harriet Tubman” written by and starring Natalie Daise 

September 6, 7, & 8, 2013 @ ARTworks in Beaufort
Part of the Beaufort County Public Library’s ‘One County Reads the Civil War’ program, “Becoming Harriet Tubman” is a one-woman show that tells how one little girl became an historical icon. Through narrative, music, and five characters based on real people, this 60-minute play compellingly portrays the legend of the former slave-turned abolitionist Harriet Tubman. She was a Union spy, and conductor of the Underground Railroad, and fought in the Lowcountry during the Civil War. This play provides insight, entertainment and education for audiences of all ages, produced by Natalie Daise Productions.
Natalie Daise Becoming Harriet Tubman 2013
The Charleston City Paper reviewed the show in 2012: “Natalie Daise is a masterful storyteller in the old Southern tradition of oral history. In her one-woman show, Becoming Harriet Tubman, which she wrote and performs, Daise tells the story of how a slave girl named Araminta Ross became the historical figure known as the “Moses” or “Conductor” of the Underground Railroad. For an hour, the audience at the nearly sold-out Threshold Repertory Theatre sat fixated on the lone Daise as she smoothly alternated between narrator and the multiple characters in Tubman’s life.”
Natalie Daise is an actor, singer, storyteller, and visual artist. She is well known for modeling effective and joyful parenting, and for bringing Gullah culture to national and international television audiences through Nick Jr’s “Gullah Gullah Island.” Her handicrafts have been featured on HGTV’s “Country Style” and in the magazine Coastal Living, and her performances with husband Ron have validated and celebrated the Gullah people for a decade. Together they have been awarded South Carolina’s prestigious Palmetto and Folk Heritage Awards.
“Becoming Harriet Tubman” in ARTworks’ black box theater, September 6, 7, & 8, 2013- 7:30pm on Friday and Saturday and 3:30pm on Sunday.  $17 per person, $12 for students (13+), $7 for children (12 and under) and $12 for groups of 10 or more. 843-379-2787,, 2127 Boundary Street Beaufort SC 29902. ARTworks is the arts council of Beaufort, Port Royal and the Sea Islands: art works, art fun, art now.
Visit for more about the county-wide program of over 60 events, lectures, exhibits, tours and programs commemorating the Civil War Sesquicentennial.