The Liberian Women's Chorus for Change, 2013. Clockwise, from upper left: Fatu Gayflor, Marie Nyenabo, Zaye Tete and Tokay Tomah. Photo by Anna Mulé.
The Liberian Women's Chorus for Change will conduct a community concert at the Collingdale Agape Missionary Church of the Nazarene, as part of the Philadelphia Folklore Project's Center-supported initiative.
Led by 2014 Pew Fellow Fatu Gayflor, the Liberian Women's Chorus for Change addresses urgent issues of violence against women in Philadelphia's growing Liberian community. The members of the chorus will adapt existing folk songs and write new ones in traditional styles, in the hopes of subverting historical narratives in which women are blamed, stigmatized, or victimized. The Chorus' goals are to foster conversation through song, generate collective strength to act, and offer options and resources for change. The Philadelphia Folklore Project will present the Chorus in local Liberian neighborhoods as well as in concerts at World Cafe Live and other venues. The Philadelphia Folklore Project also received a 2013 Discovery Grant to explore the impact of the Chorus' work.