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SONGS of SANCTUARY FOR THE BLACK MADONNA • Imani Uzuri Imani Uzuri's SONGS of SANCTUARY FOR THE BLACK MADONNA will be a multi-movement choral and chamber orchestra work inspired by the iconography of The Black Madonna. These holy Marian figures depicted with dark skin are currently worshipped within the Catholic and Orthodox Marian pantheon but can be traced back to pre-Christian pagan images specifically the sculpture of Isis (Auset) suckling Horus (Heru). They are also embraced, celebrated and worshipped by Muslim, Hindu, Roma and other communities (including African Diasporic communities from Brazil to Haiti) in rituals and processions around the world. Uzuri's recent international research and sojourns to various altars, shrines, cathedrals and monasteries in Eastern Italy, Venice, Kosovo, Macedonia and Prague, through France, Spain, Portugal, Northern and Southern Italy, and Switzerland will provide the theoretical framework for this compositional work and will bring to light songs, prayers and images of these ancient Black Madonnas that center Black femininity as divine through the lens of sacredness and sexuality.
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SONGS of SANCTUARY FOR THE BLACK MADONNA • Imani Uzuri

Imani Uzuri's SONGS of SANCTUARY FOR THE BLACK MADONNA will be a multi-movement choral and chamber orchestra work inspired by the iconography of The Black Madonna. These holy Marian figures depicted with dark skin are currently worshipped within the Catholic and Orthodox Marian pantheon but can be traced back to pre-Christian pagan images specifically the sculpture of Isis (Auset) suckling Horus (Heru). They are also embraced, celebrated and worshipped by Muslim, Hindu, Roma and other communities (including African Diasporic communities from Brazil to Haiti) in rituals and processions around the world.

Uzuri's recent international research and sojourns to various altars, shrines, cathedrals and monasteries in Eastern Italy, Venice, Kosovo, Macedonia and Prague, through France, Spain, Portugal, Northern and Southern Italy, and Switzerland will provide the theoretical framework for this compositional work and will bring to light songs, prayers and images of these ancient Black Madonnas that center Black femininity as divine through the lens of sacredness and sexuality.
   
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