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 is scheduled to perform at Love Park, in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The event is organized by Women Against Abuse; the Chorus' participation is coordinated by Philadelphia Folklore Project, as part of the organization's 2014 Project Grant.
The Liberian Women's Chorus for Change, led by 2014 Pew Fellow Fatu Gayflor, 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.