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Mbira Build and Play w/Teli Shabu (Online Workshop)
September 24, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 10:30 am on Thursday, repeating until November 5, 2020
Mbiras (thumb pianos) originated in Zimbabwe and have been played for thousands of years. Teli shares stories and cultural context for the instrument as well as his ingenious original design that translates this tradition to materials easily found locally. In this workshop, campers will build their own Mbiras and learn to play them! Each camper will be guided in constructing a wooden box, decorating the box with paint, installing metal keys and tuning the instrument. The result is a real musical instrument that can be used to learn traditional songs, create original tunes, and play with others. This project spans math, science, geography, culture, art and music!
Teli Shabu is the instructor for this class. Teli is originally from Liberia and part of a family of performers and artists. Teli has been bringing his big heart and inventive mind to our Clapping Hands Farm community for a dozen summers; leading drumming, story theater, Adinkra printing, telling stories, and building instruments.
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