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Last modified: Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Fareed Mahluli chosen as new IU Soul Revue director

Has performed with Erykah Badu, Lizz Wright and Marcus Roberts

SEPT. 14, 2005

Nathanael Fareed Mahluli

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University's African American Arts Institute and the African American and African Diaspora Studies Department today (Sept. 14) announced the addition of Nathanael Fareed Mahluli to their artistic faculty. An accomplished vocalist and saxophonist, Mahluli will direct the institute's IU Soul Revue. He brings with him considerable knowledge and experience from around the world.Mahluli earned a master of music degree in jazz studies from Florida State University and a bachelor of arts degree in music from the Berklee College of Music. He also has studied conducting at Villanova University and voice, music theory and audio engineering at Northwestern University.

While at Florida State, Mahluli directed the FSU Honors High School Band and coached ensembles and jazz combos. He also has been an assistant professor at the American Conservatory of Music and has taught at Emory University.

His work as a performer, composer, producer and engineer has been critically praised and presented at events such as the Sankofa African Dance Company conferences and in recordings like the poetic Write to Heal. In addition, he has served as an instructor and clinician in the states of Florida, Georgia, Illinois and Tennessee and the countries of Canada and Singapore.

Mahluli has performed or recorded with Erykah Badu, Lizz Wright, Oscar Brown Jr., Marcus Roberts, members of Black Entertainment Television's International Association of African American Music, and the Stanley Paul Orchestra from the Oprah Winfrey Show. He was a member of Patti Labelle's house band at her Philadelphia night club and has performed at the Atlanta Jazz Festival, the Montreux Atlanta Jazz Festival and many other events.

"His experience as an educator, conductor and professional performer certainly makes Mr. Mahluli the perfect candidate to lead one of Indiana University's most vibrant and 'funky' performing groups on campus," said Charles Sykes, director of the African American Arts Institute. "Both the African American Arts Institute and the African American and African Diaspora Studies Department are pleased to have Mr. Mahluli on board and look forward to watching this professional musician in action."

"My personal goals have always been to create a teaching experience that allows me to join my dedication to African American historical interests with my love of teaching, experience in the classroom and musically related talents and skills," Mahluli said.