Explore Music! AFRICA: Experience the Music and Culture of Africa Jan. 24

| January 9, 2015

The Community Music School of Webster University (CMS) will present “Explore Music! AFRICA” on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. Admission is free and open to the public for all ages.

“Explore Music! AFRICA” will feature West African music and many traditional African instruments from strings to drums. African American folk artist Kunama Mtendaji will present workshop sessions on West African music.

Participants will experience drumming and dancing within a cultural perspective. The direct tie between West African music and the blues will be demonstrated with live performances by blues musicians Sharon and Doug Foehner.

View an exhibit of African Art and participate in a mask-making workshop with Gundia Lock-Clay. Participants can visit the African Fashion display and learn how to wrap a headdress with Fatima Odegboye. Delicious food made in the Nigerian tradition by Fatima will be available for purchase from noon-2 p.m.

There will be three music workshop sessions, two mask-making sessions, and a headdress wrapping session throughout the afternoon. Visit webster.edu/cms for a schedule of activities.

Explore Music! AFRICA, is presented as part of the Community Music School’s global music program, which was established to develop increased exposure to and experience with music of all cultures. With the belief that all musical styles are equally valid, the CMS endeavors, through the Explore Music! Program, to foster social harmony, trust, understanding, and appreciation of all cultures. Students, teachers, and those with a general interest in music and exposure to diverse cultural music practices are invited to participate and observe.

About the Performers

Kunama Mtendaji is an African American folk artist that specializes in performing and teaching storytelling, music and dance. He features the cultures of African people throughout the African world. Kunama performs solo and coordinates Afi Ama music and dance ensemble, The Mask Dance Society, and A.F.R.I.C.A. (Association For Responsible Interdisciplinary Cultural Artists).

Sharon and Doug Foehner perform in many venues throughout the St. Louis music scene. Sharon¬† has performed with noteworthy artists such as Johnnie Johnson, Oliver Sain, Renee Smith, Jimmy Rodgers, Henry Townsend, and many others. In 1995 Sharon opened up the Women in Blues Festival at the Sheldon performing an acoustic duet with the legendary Etta Baker.¬† Doug started his career in music with renowned Jimi Hendrix scholar Mike Fairchild in the early 1980’s and shared a research credit on the M.C.A. Jimi Hendrix blues CD release.

About the Community Music School

Founded in 1925, CMS offers outstanding music education and performance opportunities to students of all ages and abilities and serves the entire St. Louis metropolitan region. Classes are available in University City, at Faust Park in West County, and at CMS headquarters located on the Webster University campus in Webster Groves. For more information call 314-968-5939.

The Community Music School of Webster University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and is a certified member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts. The Community Music School receives assistance from the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis and the Regional Arts Commission.

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