We caught up with Saffie from Music For Change to hear what they have planned for the new Global Sounds Stage at bOing!
Global Sounds from Music for Change
Music for Change are excited to have been invited to bring our Global Sounds festival, usually held in the Dane John Gardens in Canterbury, to b0ing this year! We have a diverse line up of world class musicians and workshop leaders planned for the Global Sounds stage, running from 11am-4pm on both Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August.
Saturday 24th August:
Drumming workshop with Lucky Moyo.
Chinese Magic performance, Circus skills and Ribbon dance workshops with Ling.
The Ceilidh Liberation Front – Brought to you by London’s The Nest Collective, The Ceilidh Liberation Front is our interpretation of the lore of the ceilidh – the most radical, vivacious ceilidh band, liberating the dance floor with their energetic and immersive performances.
Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band – a living embodiment of the region of Rajasthan: a spectacular celebration of its vibrant and colourful lifestyle, their music, a heady, exciting and hypnotic reflection of India.
Sarabanda – sure to fill the dance floor with their glorious mix of Cuban rhythms. Sliding effortlessly between classic Cuban cha cha cha, mambo and son to the latest hot timba, salsa and Latin jazz, this is Cuban music at its very finest.
Sunday 25th August:
Samba Pelo Mar – Sizzling samba rhythms from Whitstable’s community percussion group. If music is what feelings sound like be prepared to embrace the joy!
Storytelling with Usifu Jalloh.
Gumboot dance workshop with Kenny Mangena.
Grupo Lokito – Grupo Lokito create a modern day cocktail of two of the great world musics…. Fusing blistering contemporary Congolese grooves with the fire of Cuban music. The results have audiences dancing in a haze of energy..
Emmanuel Okine and the UK African Acrobats.
Tatcho Drom – considered one of the UK’s leading exponents of Romany Gypsy music. Their name translates to ‘True Journey’ from Rromanes, the language of Romany Gypsies. Their broad repertoire includes traditional music from across Eastern Europe and the Balkans.
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About Music for Change
Established in 1997, Music for Change is a Canterbury-based charity and arts organisation. We are expert in the field of culturally diverse music projects, events and workshops. We work with a group of wonderful freelance artists with expertise in culturally diverse music and dance. Our experienced artists help people to build their skills and confidence, whilst encouraging self-expression through creative activity. Our facilitators have much experience working with disadvantaged and vulnerable people, creating a positive and inclusive environment in which people can flourish and come together.
We deliver workshops and projects in primary, secondary, SEN and pre-schools and also in community settings. Currently projects include: work with local organisation Bemix, delivering a 2-year music project for young people with special educational needs; a year-long music-making project with disadvantaged young people in Margate; work with detainees in Immigration Removal Centres; vulnerable and at risk service users through Porchlight and Porchlight Aspirations; a weekly music group for disadvantaged and vulnerable adults in Canterbury; a free community choir in Margate; and weekly music-making sessions for people in mental health crisis at St Martins Hospital.
For more information about our work or if you would like to donate to our charity, please see our website: http://www.musicforchange.org/