Diversity Day Workshops


Using the marimba to deliver diversity day workshops gives participants the opportunity to learn about the rich histories of the African continent through its music in a fun, hands-on and interactive way. 


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.


Diversity Day African Marimba Workshops London

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 diversity day marimba workshop for your school or organisation, use the form below or contact me on 0751 550 8934.

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