It’s been said that music is the universal language. AfroSonics uses their original music style to bring people together through a fusion of guitars, drums, percussion, keyboards, electronic soundscapes, vocals, dance and chants. Although most of the rhythms are of African and American origin, their music defies conventional labels.
Afrosonics incorporates music from all over the world and the root of each member intermingles to create something both classic and unique. In addition to their own music, the group draws influences from other musical genres, including South American, The Caribbean, Funk, Southern American Jazz, Blues, Rock and others that capture the true essence of the African, American or Universal spirit. The members of the group came to Boise from different points on the African and American maps, each with a deep respect for their heritage and a special contribution from their respective culture.
In 2015, the Idaho Burners Alliance created Xanadu, a community art, science, and technology center in Boise. in Xanadu has flourished as a creative space for everything from rehearsal space, welding, LED sculptures, puppets, and fire performance. Community use of the building, the large shop, and the grounds is encouraged and gives everyone the freedom they might need to learn and grow.
For a generation of kids raised on PeeWee's Playhouse, Dinosaurs and, of course, Sesame Street, puppets are practically a primal link—a cord tying kids raised in the 1980s to that burst of creativity in the afterglow of punk rock, the advent of The Simpsons and MTV. Although, puppets may be a childs' entree to the weirdness of real life, the playmakers at HomeGrown Theatre know this to be true: puppets aren’t just for kids. Enter the Horrific Puppet Affair, a cabaret of short horror puppet plays built to make your inner child squirm and scream. A punk-rock continuation of the Victorian art of Toy Theatre, the Horrific Puppet Affair tells strange stories through a wide variety of puppets, hand and rod, shadow-play, marionette, and other bizarre summations.
Master of Ceremonies - Kayla-Leah Rich
TEDxBoise is thrilled to welcome 2017 speaker, Kayla-Leah, back to the stage as this year’s Master of Ceremonies. Kayla-Leah volunteers with Days for Girls, an organization that provides appropriate feminine hygiene supplies for women and girls worldwide. Her “idea worth spreading” was focused on reversing menstrual shame across all cultures. Kayla-Leah is an entrepreneur, humanitarian, speaker, mastermind director, and author of Purple Crayon Confidence. She is a proficient Googler, a prolific blogger, and a lover of potatoes. Her many talents and labors earned her a nod from the Idaho Business Review as one of the 2018 Women of the Year.
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