A Shona Mbira Music From Zimbabwe Workshop presented by James Pugliese

Saturday, June 1, 2013 @4pm
The Array Space, 155 Walnut Street. second floor, M6J 3W3
416 532 3019
$15 suggested or PWYC

James Pugliese leads this afternoon workshop focusing on singing while learning the poly rhythmic structure of the songs. Open to all musicians and the general public. Shona Mbira Music From Zimbabwe is one of the most soulful sounds on the African continent

Originally used in spirit possession ceremonies, the iron-pronged mbira produces music beautiful enough to attract spirits and rhythmically energized enough to keep people dancing and singing through all-night ceremonies.

Jim Pugliese will conduct an afternoon workshop where he will speak about the history and culture of the Shona people of Zimbabwe and conduct a singing and rhythm workshop that will include teaching the participants to sing an eight-part poly-rhythmic traditional mbira song. The workshop is open to all singers, instrumentalists and the general public. If you love music join us.

The workshop will be followed by an 8pm interactive Zimbabwe style evening concert/party featuring the traditional songs that have been handed down through scores of generations and taught by the master mbira players of Zimbabwe. The concert will also include some improvisations inspired by the mbira with some of Toronto’s leading musician/improvisers. Come listen, clap, sing and if the spirit moves you, dance!

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