Posted: Apr 23, 2018 by Amani Creatives in Rumba Project

Amani Creatives, Manchester’s African-led Arts & Cultural Organisation, is to launch an exciting
new initiative to explore the similarities between the rich cultural traditions of two communities
living in the North West, thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Manchester’s Congolese community have long been aware of similarities between Cuban
traditions and their own culture, and now Amani Creatives want to explore these roots further.
They are inviting people of all ages to get involved in this ground-breaking project and there will
also be specific training in oral history interviewing techniques for young people aged 16 t0 25, run
by staff from the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Archive at Manchester Central Library.

The project will involve a series of nine free workshops in Congolese and Cuban Music, Dance
and Costume which will take place at Moston’s Simpson Memorial Hall on Thursday evenings
between 24 May and 19 July. These workshops, which are open to the public, will be led by
professional performers from the two communities, and will include opportunities to sing with
Amani Creatives own African Community Choir. Research and performances will then be shared
at a public event to be held at Sacred Trinity Church , Chapel Street, Salford, M3 5DW on 21 July 2018.

Amani Creatives develops and promotes practitioners of African arts and culture, creating
professional platforms to showcase their work. The organisation uses arts and culture as tools for
wellbeing, cohesion and social change. The organisation was set up in January 2015 by
Congolese singer-songwriter, Emmanuela Yogolelo and Cameroonian Jazz musician, Tagné

For further information and/or interviews please contact:
Emmanuela Yogolelo – Producer
Email: Tel:07868591070

  1. […] Rumba – Community Sharing Day where Cuban & Congolese culture meet The two performances above are followed by a day of collaboration and cultural sharing called ‘Rumba’ which seeks to showcase the parallels between Congolese and Cuban music and culture. This event, which is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, includes a performance by Tagne Tebu. Born and raised in Cameroon, Tebu is a multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist musician; his music blends African melodies and grooves with jazz harmony and is based on African storytelling on the themes of love, war and peace. Listen to Tebu’s Soundcloud. Sat 21 Jul, Sacred Trinity Church, Chapel Street, Salford, M3 5DW. Tel: 0161 839 1180, noon-8pm, […]


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