From Dahomey to Brazil and back to Benin – A Concise Musical History
African music authority Richard Nwamba takes those interested in music and especially ethnomusicology as well as history on a transatlantic journey in the telling of the story of the music of Benin.
This talk is not to be missed if you are going to the screening of the documentary Gangbé – you will be armed with insights and information on the music of the Gangbé Brass Band and how it progressed from its roots in Dahomey, all the way to Brazil and back to modern day Benin.
Kept light and entertaining with the inclusion of music tracks to illustrate some of the key points, Richard invites you to a relaxed and fascinating hour. As Richard says, “the people wearing shorts won’t mind a laugh here and there and to give an occasional nod of approval!”
Venue: Piesang Valley Hall
Date: 6th July 2018
Time: 11am – 12noon
Your ticket includes tea and coffee. Cash bar and food trucks available.
Richard is also our special guest and introductory speaker at the Afridocs in Plett screening of Gangbé.
Richard Nwamba – a trained English and History teacher – is an award-winning playwright, musician, actor and broadcaster. His radio show, “The African Connection with Richard Nwamba” was one of South Africa’s most celebrated and enduring shows for 23 years, celebrating the best of the music of Africa and its diaspora.
Richard is a regular contributor of articles on African music for such publications as Sawubona, Islander, and has contributed articles on African music for the UK’s premier world music magazine, Songlines.
He moderates/facilitates and gives lectures on African music at universities (University of Pretoria, Rhodes University, NMMU) and museums (The Museum of Asian Civilisations, Singapore) and other private functions (Goethe Institut and Moshito) and at The Plett Arts Festival. He contributes views on African music for the BBC.