Global Grooves Candomble Conga Course – Autumn 2014

  • Wednesday | 24.09.14
  • 12.00am
  • Band on the Wall, Manchester
  • £55 Full course....

Delivered by Global Grooves artistic director Leon Patel this 8 week course comprises the study of several different ritual percussion and song sequences from the Candomble tradition – specific styles to be announced.

Students will study the relationship between clave and song as well as learning the accompanying atabaque / conga patterns and Rum phrasing (solo atabaque / conga). There will be a particular focus on singing and playing simultaneously and understanding how to put together musical arrangements in honour of several Orixas.

This comprehensive series of evening classes will be accessible for all players who have experience in hand or stick drumming, nurturing beginners and improvers as well as challenging even the most experienced players. The course is designed to give an overview of Candomble percussion and songs as well as allowing time and space to sing, play and enjoy these beautiful age old musical traditions, together.

Instruments will be provided and participants will be guided through a structured and progressive learning journey.

This course is excellent for anyone wishing to improve their understanding of congas and atobaques as well as those wanting to understand more about the roots of Brazilian percussion ensemble styles such as Samba and Samba Reggae.

Please note numbers are limited to 15 participants for this course so book early to avoid disappointment.

Day: Wednesday

Venue: Education Room 1 – Band on the Wall

Time: 7:15-9:15pm

Dates: Sept 24th, Oct 1st, 8th, 15th, Nov 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th.

Full colour song book and learning resource available £10 per copy (this includes songs for 16 Orixas and descriptions of the Deities we will cover).

About the Tutor: Leon Patel

Based in Manchester UK, Leon Patel is a freelance musician, project manager and director of three leading cultural arts organisations and a Clore Artist Fellow 2013/14. As a musician, he is fascinated by all things percussive. For the last 20 years he has focused on Afro-centric music and arts traditions eventually finding his main passion and focus in Afro-Brazilian music and carnival styles.