Black History Month Workshops


The month of October in the United Kingdom is dedicated to celebrating all the great things that people of African descent have contributed to the world. One great way of celebrating Black History Month is through music, song and dance!

Our African marimba workshops and performances give a meaningful insight into African history through folk music, and they're particularly relevant for schools and community programmes, as well as private events and corporate functions.


WHAT WILL PARTICIPANTS LEARN?

Participants will learn songs and rhythms from Zimbabwe, South Africa and Botswana, with material from other parts of Africa too. This includes folk songs, original marimba compositions and contemporary covers.

In addition to the marimba, participants can also learn traditional call-and-response singing, patterns on the hosho - traditional Zimbabwean shakers, hand clapping patterns, drumming patterns and traditional dance moves. 

The background to all songs taught is given for a well rounded cultural and historical understanding.


Workshop SETUP

Our marimba ensembles are built up using soprano, tenor and baritone marimbas. The sopranos hold the melody, the tenors add a rhythmic backing, and the baritones hold the beat. 

We deliver our workshops by ear, the traditional African way, which enables students to more freely engage their senses and be present in the music and experience as a whole. Workshops require absolutely no previous experience or knowledge of reading music, playing the marimba or of African music.

Workshops can be as short as 30 minutes long for younger children, or as long as one hour to an hour and a half for older participants. Bookings can be made for half a day, a full day, or over several days. 



COMBINING WORKSHOPS WITH CULTURAL PERFORMANCES

Our Taste of Southern Africa show presents a wonderful collection of folk songs from southern Africa - sharing with our audiences ancient rhythms, sounds and stories from Zimbabwe, South Africa and Botswana using the marimba and mbira, and accompanied by singing, drumming and dancing.

The concert can tie in a participatory workshop or general audience involvement, giving listeners a much greater, and invaluable, cultural learning experience.

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BOOK A MARIMBA WORKSHOP

If you're looking for more information, or interested in booking a marimba workshop to celebrate Black History Month, use the form below or contact me on 0751 550 8934.

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