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Taste of Southern Africa Festival // Live Music, Workshops And DJs
From: Saturday, October 26 2019, 2:00 pm
to: Sunday, October 27 2019, 2:00 am
Taste of Southern Africa invites you to its annual Taste of Southern Africa Festival - a day to experience and celebrate southern African cultural heritage through the performing arts.

Join us at Grow Hackney in east London on October 26th for a big taste of southern African culture!

14:00: Marimba Workshop (Free!)
15:00: Mbira (Kalimba) Workshop (Free!)
16:00: Poetry / Spoken Word Open Mic
17:00: Acoustic Jam Session
18:00: Creatives' Hangout
20:30: Live music from Sekuru Makamanzi (Hypnotic mbira music from Zimbabwe), Otto and The Mutapa Calling (Upbeat and lively marimba music from Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe), Tsungai Tsikirai and Friends (AfroPop / AfroFolk / AfroJazz music full of energy and rhythm) and Afro House music from DJ KhandaCool till late.

Free before 10pm, and £5 thereafter.

Places are limited for the marimba and mbira workshops. To avoid disappointment, register here:

The African marimba (xylophone) is a wonderful acoustic instrument that is easy to play and great for group participation. It builds on the percussive element of the African drum by enabling harmonious melodic expression. Using soprano, tenor and baritone marimbas to build an ensemble, participants will get the opportunity to learn, play and create rhythms and melodies as a marimba band, and have a great time doing so!

The African mbira is a beautiful instrument with a relaxing, meditative sound that has traditionally been used in the southern parts of Africa as a spiritual pathway for guidance and healing. In this workshop we will teach using the slightly more contemporary fifteen key F-major mbira called Nyunga Nyunga (or Kalimba) from Zimbabwe. The workshop will include a bit of singing.

Sekuru (Gabriel) Makamanzi is a UK based musician who's music is deeply rooted in the traditional sound of the Shona people of Zimbabwe.

Price: Free Before 10, £5 After: GBP 5.00
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