Africa – Brazil. In these workshops participants will learn some of the rhythms of Candomblé, Brazil’s African rooted ritual practices from which Samba, Samba-Reggae, Afoxé and all other of Brazil’s Carnival and folkloric music and dance originate, but don’t expect Samba drums, this is very different indeed. Coming from the rhythms of Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and other West African countries, this drumming has a style and technique that incorporates hand and stick drumming similar to Sabar drumming, this will be an eye opening experience for anyone wishing to learn and understand the link between Africa and Brazil. We’ll play on Atabaqués (the traditional wooden drums of Candomblé), conga drums and bells (if you have a conga drum then please bring!). Expect simple call and answer chants too. To be as inclusive as possible I’ve made this open to all levels, but some drumming experience and familiarity with clavé/bell patterns would be an advantage. These workshops will also compliment Rosangela Silvestre’s ‘Orixa Dance Movement’’.
Jon has been teaching and performing Brazilian rhythms for over thirty years in the UK and across Europe. His journey led him twenty-five years ago to the ritual practices at the heart of it all and Jon began studying the rhythms, songs and practices of the Candomblé religion in the city of Salvador in Brazil’s North-East. Eleven years ago Jon was initiated into Candomblé and honoured by being made an Ogan Alabé, a drummer for ceremonies. Jon regularly gives talks on Candomblé and African/Brazilian music and culture in the UK and has been responsible for both starting and teaching many Samba and Samba-Reggae groups across the UK. He considers it important that groups and individuals playing Brazilian rhythms outside Brazil have at least some understanding of the roots of the music they play and the instruments they use, the living culture, the complex and at times very uncomfortable history that has produced such beautiful music and dance. He believes that only by respecting what and who has given us such gifts are we able to fully participate in it’s ongoing story and give something back.