African American/Black History month musical finale

by Senior Airman Taylor Curry, 8th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Kunsan Air Base

KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- To close out African American/Black History month, the Wolf Pack celebrated by holding a musical and masquerade, rejoicing 100 years of music influenced by African American culture at the Loring Club, Feb. 28th. Approximately 80 Airmen showed up to celebrate the occasion.

The event started out with introductions detailing the event and opening remarks by Col. Ken "Wolf" Ekman, 8th Fighter Wing commander.

During the musical, Airmen showcased musical performances and dances from popular musicians from the last century. Some artists included in the tribute were Jay Z, Michael Jackson, Soul II Soul, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, James Brown, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Ray Charles and Ben E. King.

Members also performed dance routines such as breakdancing, hip-hop, and even a soul train line that the audience was encouraged to participate in.

"It was great watching the performers journey through time," said Master Sgt. Valda Wilson, 8th FW Public Affairs superintendent. "The performers stayed true to the spirit of each era and that made for an amazing night of music, song and dance."

The final performance of the evening was a live singing from Staff Sgt. Danny Henderson, 80th Fighter Squadron intelligence NCO in charge, who sang "Minnie the Moocher" by Cab Calloway. Even the audience chimed in during the chorus.

"When I was asked to perform for the musical event, I jumped at it without question," Henderson said. "When I performed live, I wanted to live in that moment; in that era. It has always been in my nature to entertain people. I'm just glad I was able to contribute to the celebration, and I hope everyone had a great time in the audience."

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