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Orisa (Cardiff) - Drums and Songs of Candomble
Sun 7 May 2017, 10:30 – 16:30 BST
Jon Hardeman will be visiting Cardiff to deliver a 6-hour workshop on the drums and songs of Candomblé. This is an exciting opportunity to discover the roots of Brazilian music or deepen your existing knowledge.
Please ensure you provide us with an email address so we can update you with further details as they're confirmed. This will also help us manage the number of drums required. Some instruments (bells, chekerés and atabaques) will be provided, but drummers are asked if possible to bring a conga drum (or two) and a pair of thin sticks.
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About the Day:
In this day workshop for percussionists and singers we'll explore some of the songs and rhythms found in the beautiful African rooted religious ceremonies/practices found in Brazilian Candomblé.
Drummers will learn two or three lead drum patterns (the calls, pattern variations and dance sequence variations). An empahasis will be on the technique of the lead drum. The day will also cover the key support drum patterns found in Candomblé.
Singing will feature strongly on the day, you'll be learning and singing several of Candomblé's beautiful call and answer songs, to accompany the rhythms you've begun learning.
The workshop will be for drummers of mixed ability levels, though some knowledge of Afro-Brazilian rhythms and experience will be an advantage. Singers of all levels are welcome.
During the periods of the day when focus is on the drum parts, singers who are not drummers will play support drum and bell/clavé parts.
The day will be structured for both individual learning and ensemble performance.
For those already involved with groups playing and singing any kind of Afro-Brazilian music, this is an invaluable opportunity to really deepen your understanding of the roots of the music you play and learn something of how the music of Candomblé works. The day will be a study day, but with focus on the beauty and joy of this music.
The beautiful songs of Candomblé are (depending on the type of Candomblé) either in the Yoruba or Fon languages of Nigeria or Benin, or one of the Bantu languages of South-Central Africa. They call to the deities known as Orixas, they call to earth, to water, to air, to fire, to forests and herbs, to rivers and to sea.
The rhythms of Candomblé are played on drums known as Atabaques and are accompanied by bells and sometimes chekeres, they are rich with variations, phrases and sequences relating to the dances of the Orixas.
Some instruments (bells, chekerés and atabaques) will be provided, but drummers are asked if possible to bring a conga drum (or two) and a pair of thin sticks.