The pounding of the African djembe drums, Latin American rhythms and the uplifting melodies of the marimbas will fill the Errington War Memorial Hall from Aug. 12-16.
Instructors from across the globe will teach children in the Errington Youth World Music Camp how to play a selection of African and Latin American songs, write their own compositions, and develop performance skills. The youth camp, coordinated by Val Dare, is immensely popular and has resulted in the creation of a number of youth performance groups over the years.
After the youth percussionists head home for the day, the Arrowsmith Community Recreation Association will present a series of adult workshops.
On Wednesday, Aug 14, Vancouver-based musician Robin Layne will share his love of Latin percussion and Mexican marimba in two, separate, introductory-level classes. Layne has toured the world as a performing artist and is currently an instructor at the Sarah McLachlan School of Music.
Layne has studied in Chiapas and will share his experiences as well as his adaptation of the Zimbabwean marimba style.
On Thursday, Aug. 15, at 6:45 p.m., Congoles performing artist Mapumba Cilombo will instruct a class on African marimba, percussion and voice. Cilombo blends traditional melodies, stories and languages from his native DRC with original inspirations, delivering a rich, African sound with a modern touch.
Workshops are $20 and are open to all levels and experience. There is a reduced cost for signing up for all three workshops.
An exciting addition to this year’s program will be a cultural evening with Sarah Van Borek where she will present her new film, “Matengo Flavour.” Van Borek is a youth world music camp instructor, a former faculty member at Emily Carr University and PhD scholar at Rhodes University, South Africa. The music documentary follows the journey of musician Adeson Nchimbi and his wife Teresa on a journey to improve the quality of life for residents in rural Tanzania through community projects.
The film will be shown in its entirety on Monday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Errington Hall. Tickets are $10 per person or $25 per family and will be sold at the door.
— NEWS Staff, submitted