Dancer, choreographer, actor, vocalist and mentor Ilanga (pronounced Ee-laun-ga) talks with Bonnie Johnson about his experience singing in the Roxbury-based Doo Wop group, the G-Clefs. Formed by his brothers, as teenagers, more than sixty years ago, the group harmonized on stages from a roller rink in Revere to Harlem's Apollo Theater, clubs including the former Western Front in Cambridge to the Hatch Shell on Boston's Charles River and Symphony Hall. The group's recordings topped R&B charts in the 50's and 60's. Ilanga (né Arnorld Scott) , the fourth brother and tenor in the group, went on to forge a career in dance while keeping the band alive.
Like his name, which is synonymous to the sun, Ilanga has danced around the world; he founded and directed dance schools in Boston, Holland and Greece. He also created the role of the “Grandfather” in Anthony Williams’ "Urban Nutcracker" and adds a touch of class to the innovative ballet singing with The G-Clefs each year. Ilanga's story and decades long friendship with today's special guest Marvin Gilmore will highlight his "Colors of Jazz". Tune in from noon to 4pm.