Pittsburg, Kan. native Arlecia Elkamil will perform at Coffeyville Community College on Jan. 29 as part of the Humanities Project. Arelecia has a Bachelors in Arts degree in music with an emphasis in cello. Arlecia started playing the cello at the age of eight after seeing her older sister Lutrecia playing cello. Arlecia discovered she had a natural talent for it.
While attending Pittsburg State University, Arlecia became interested in percussion instruments and fell in love with the marimba. As a result of it, she went on to receive her Masters in Percussion Performance. Arlecia has always sung or played in the church and this led her to becoming a gospel instrumentalist and vocal artist playing not only around the country, but on national television (BET and the Impact channel) several times. To her surprise, she received a phone call in 2015 from a representative at the White House inquiring about a possible performance. Arlecia has performed with many Grammy Award winners and recorded music for the movie “The Campaign” starring Will Farrow.
Like many famous entertainers, Arlecia started singing in the church at a very early age and continues to sing and play in churches around the country with a trip planned to London in the summer of 2019. As an artist, Arlecia is able to draw from many of the genres that come out of the church such as jazz, blues, gospel, along with reggae and Latin rhythms when she performs gospel music.
On Tuesday, January 29th, Arlecia will be touching on some of these styles at the Coffeyville Community College Spencer/Rounds Performing Arts Center focusing on African-American women in song. The public is invited to the 10:30 a.m. Tuesday humanities performances at CCC. The performances are free and held in the Spencer/Rounds Performing Arts Theatre.
For more information about the humanities project at CCC, please call 620-251-7700, ext. 2166.