When African Musical Traditions Inspire. Part One
Today’s post is going to be about the commission I got from HOME to create an interactive live music performance for Horizons Festivals.
I will write (and upload) this post in three parts.
In part one I am going to talk today about my commission as an artistic piece and the creativity African musical traditions inspired me to make it interactive.
My @ HOME commission was being my first major commission in the current new stage of my career and a breakthrough in my practice.
HOME commissions few artistic pieces annually. They call artists to submit proposals between November – January. Check them out if interested in getting or watching @ HOME commissions.
I have chosen to build my whole practice around African musical traditions, which include call-response; polyphonic singing/harmonies and other harmonies; chanting; improvisation; dance; percussion plus body percussion; storytelling and traditional instrumentals.
These musical traditions have inspired me to develop a technique I am using to create my interactive performance.
They always have inspired me when writing songs and performing, designing my singing workshops and producing my showcase events.
I would like to be known for holding African musical traditions for my personal artistic identity and for making classical African music with a contemporary twist.
My commissioned piece will combine three traditions practiced around music in Africa and will involve a collaboration with two other amazing and talented artists in its showcasing and final performance.
The showcase/final performance will be live or digitally.
Indeed, although my commission got cancelled due to covid-19, thanks to an ‘Emergency Response Fund’ I was granted by Arts Council England, I am able to finish the creation of my piece and when festivals, venues and other events are ready to programme me again, I will be ready.
Talking about African musical traditions, we might need to remember that African music like any other music is various and evolve thus some African music might be not interactive.
Also, in Africa music has multiple functions including spiritual functions and this is how in Africa can be found music or instruments that only certain people are allowed to perform or play. In some African tribes, women or young people can’t make music or can make only certain types of music.
I plan to film myself performing one or more songs and upload the film on this page or live stream this here. I will let you know when I am doing this through a post that will be published on YouTube.
I am developing a training/workshop for people who might be interested in learning how to create interactive pieces and performances using African musical traditions as technique to achieve this.
Other services I will be offering online (and physically), on demands and for small fees include
– African singing workshops
– Training in using African musical traditions as technique to create interactive pieces and performances
– Improvisation sessions with me around singing techniques African singing and harmonies, and song writing
More services will be available soon
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