Violin Virt uosos, the Sons of Mystro, will perform for the 30th Annual Savannah Black Heritage Festival, Friday, February 15, 7:30 p.m., in the Fine Arts Auditorium, Georgia Southern-Armstrong Campus. These siblings, who are classically trained violinists, are “a musical duo who play all genres of popular music, using the violin instead of their voices to express song.” The Sons of Mystro enhance popular songs and their own compositions with their innovative and artistic arrangements.
Brothers Umoja and Malcolm began training at an early age in the public schools of Florida, including Parkway Middle School, Ft. Lauderdale and Dillard High School for the Performing Arts. College training continued at Broward College, Davie, FL, and Miami Dade College in Miami. Umoja was influenced by the Black Violin duo as early as elementary school. “…After seeing them perform for the first time, and meeting them backstage…,” he expressed his desire to one day play like them and was advised by Kevin Marcus, of Black Violin to ‘practice, practice, practice.’ Umoja took the advice, improved his techniques and skills and eventually influenced his brother Malcolm to do the same.
The Sons of Mystro have shared the stage with great R & B and Jazz artists such as Najee, Fantasia, Charlie Wilson, New Edition, Kenny ‘Babyface” Edmonds and Earth, Wind, and Fire. As part of the Savannah Black Heritage Festival, presented by Savannah State University and the City of Savannah, the Sons of Mystro will be on stage in Savannah, GA. The concert is free and open to the public and presented in part by Gulfstream, Georgia Power, Carver State Bank and the Georgia Southern University Office of Diversity – Armstrong Campus. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m.