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Amani Rumba

Posted: Jul 14, 2018 by Amani Creatives in News, Rumba Project

12 NOON-8 PM

We would be delighted if you could join us at Amani Creatives’ Community Sharing Event as the culmination of our’ Heritage Lottery Funded project Rumba!, which has been exploring the similarities between the cultural traditions of North-West based Congolese and Cuban communities.
Over the past few months we have been working with the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre to train young people in interview techniques and documentation and they have been carrying out interviews as part of our research. We have also delivered a series of workshops in Cuban and Congolese music, dance and costumes to the community in conjunction with professional performers from the two communities.
Now we would like to share the results of our project with you. Come and hear the interviews and see our costumes, music and dance performances from participants in the project. The Amani Creatives Community Choir and a Congolese/Cuban Band will also perform some traditional and contemporary songs from the two communities.
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 Tebu.

Africa summer show comes to Manchester

Posted: Jun 15, 2018 by amanicreatives in Amani live 2018, News

A series of free African music and dance shows, African Summer, is coming to Manchester in June and July showcasing live music by African musicians from the region.

Taking place at Home, Manchester, Oldham Library Theatre and Sacred Trinity Church in Salford, the shows, put together by Amani Creatives, feature local Congolese, Cameroonian, Sierra Leonean and Zimbabwean musicians. The events will showcase live music, dance, workshops and more. Under the title African Summer, performances will include Congolese Rumba, Makossa, Afrobeat, Coupe Decale, Soukous, Palm Wine Music and South African Zulu Dance.

What’s on when?

African Summer, the season of free live African music and dance by Amani Creatives takes in:

Mama Jo & Emmanuela Yogolelo live + drumming & dance workshops

Saturday 16 June – 2pm and 9pm

Home, Manchester

Turn up for these free drumming and dance workshops between 2-3pm, where visitors can participate followed by with live African music between 9 & 10pm. Artists performing include Mama Jo who interprets traditional and performs her own material. Expect thrilling afro r&b with traditional Congolese elements. She is joined by Emmanuela Yogolelo, a Congolese singer-songwriter who performs African world music. In her own words: “the base is traditional African, but the spices are from all over the world”

Mama Jo, Robert Maseko and Muntu Valdo live

Thursday 21 June – 7pm

Oldham Library Theatre

Enjoy live music by Mama Jo (see above), Robert Maseka, a masterful drummer, who has been described as ‘the Congolose rhythm king of the North of England’. Originally from Kinshasa, he among the UK’s finest ambassadors of African music. Muntu Valdo is a leading jazz guitarist, harmonica player and singer from Doula, Cameroon who has played with, among others, Ali Farka Toure and Manu Dibango.

Rumba – Cuban and Congolese culture meet at a community sharing day

Saturday 21 July – 12.00pm-8pm

Sacred Trinity Church, Salford

Two performances 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.