In 2005, Hurricane Katrina destroyed one of the most treasured landmarks in America: New Orleans. It was then that I made a commitment to redirecting myself to educating and therefore, sustaining, in my own small way, the musical traditions that were forged by my ancestors. This path required that I undertake a self-disciplined study of African-American history.
I began lecturing and performing in the pursuit of my goal. Today I facilitate an educational program of African-American history and song. It can also be described as Afro-American music appreciation and performance. This has grown into an initiative I call Echoes of our Ancestors.
My work as a grassroots preservationist takes me into schools, churches, and community centers-- teaching all ages and ethnicities the legacy and musicality of spirituals, blues, gospel, and jazz.
Tami Tyree, Facilitator