WOMAD Foundation are supporting the Next Generation Schools Day on Friday 7th July at Chalkwell Park prior to Village Green Festival.
Lead artists Mim Suleiman, Ripton Lindsay, Mauricio Velasierra , Heidi Heidelberg and Abbas Dodoo will be performing with Essex based BAME artists and have an international reputation for sharing their music/dance through performance and participatory workshops has part of the Global Essex. The artists will be performing at Next Generation and at Village Green over the two days.
Mauricio Velasierra from Colombia is a pioneering player of traditional Andean flutes. Developing a truly original musical language; he tells musical stories. With his diverse selection of wind instruments, he will enable to create some magical performances. His second album Rodar will be released in August.
Ripton Lindsay from Jamaica is a choreographer, dancer, tutor, DJ, and poet. Immersed in his Jamaican culture, he brings a mix of traditional/contemporary urban dance styles to the programme. He inspires and connects with young people from differing background, cultures and abilities.
Mim Suleiman from Zanzibar is a versatile performer and vocal tutor. Performing internationally, her music reaches across the spectrum but always connecting to her African heritage. Her charismatic performance will explore African traditions and folklore from Zanzibar.
Heidi Heidelberg is an anarchic soprano, an improviser, musician and a composer, bringing together classical coloratura, jazz scat, beatbox and rock vocal influences. She recently won the infamous Nonclassical 'Battle of the Bands' contest and was a selected participant in Serious' prestigious 'Take Five' professional development programme Edition X.
Abass was born in Nsawam, southern Ghana into a legendary, internationally acclaimed family of drummers, dancers and healers. Before his sixth birthday he was inspired to play the drum by his grandmother ?Abiba Okailey Ablah? who taught him drumming by singing traditional rhythms. The family of Royal master Ghanaian Drummers was not only steeped in the traditions of Ghanaian music and dance, but also in the folklore of traditional medicines. Abass was mentored by his uncle, Mustapha Tettey Addy; master drummer, anthropologist and researcher in the field of traditional music and dance in Ghana.
Afro Brazil Celebra // BrazilArte and Open the Gate come together to showcase world class cultural artists. Bringing carnival drums and an amazing street party atmosphere BrazilArte // BrazilArte will the showcasing the delights of Brazilian music, dance and capoeira, and also offer workshops for all ages to join in and have fun.
BELLWOOD EXTRAVAGANZA - Dance rhythms from Bhangra and Bollywood grooves!
The Hungarian Community of Southend has been running for 2 years, organising organising several thematic events where they can ?keep our national traditions, educate our children and promote our culture, national heritage to the local community.?
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