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Hannibal Marvin Peterson

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Studio We, July 1, 1973 – 37:54

Known today as Hannibal Lokumbe, this performer has had a fascinating and varied career. Hannibal came out of the famed North Texas State music program in the late 1960’s and went on to perfrom with Pharoah Sanders, Roland Kirk, and Gil Evans’ big band, Roy Haynes and Elvin Jones.

His 1971 album Children of the Fire had been turned down by numerous record companies because of it’s overt anit-war politics. Hannibal successfully released it on his own. Later, Hannibal traveled to Africa and returned to develop a variety of African-inspired art: a play “Diary of an African-American” the 1995 album involving the Chicago Symphony Orchestra entitled “African Portraits.”

In 2007 the “Alternate Routes” program of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center presented a performance of African Portraits and other contemporary Hannibal compositions.

This performance was part of the Five Boroughs New York Musicians Jazz Festival.