Drum it up, African style!

Published: Dec 17, 2013, 09:06 IST | The Guide Team |

The acclaimed Ladies of Midnight Blue will conduct a workshop and later perform a concert of a medley of Jazz, Funk, Reggae and percussion

Just as Om is considered the sound from which the universe originated, the Africans believe that the sound of their drum holdsthe same significance. Ladies of Midnight Blue, a prominent ‘Protest Culture’ band of UK will perform as well as teach you the art of African drumming at the popular culture hub, The Bandra Base. The band comprises African-American Jamaican Hannabiell Sanders and Dominican-American Yilis del Carmen Suriel who has been enrapturing worldwide audiences including at London 2012 Olympics and with Harlem Symphony Orchestra.

Hannabiell Sanders and Yilis del Carmen Suriel. Pic courtesy/ Ninad Patil

Their combination of Funk, Reggae, Jazz and percussion promises to rivet a throbbing evening, tomorrow. Sanders who plays the percussion, bass trombone and mbira, also chants to her rhythmic recital while Suriel keeps the beat through percussion and mbira. Mbira is a wooden instrument that has metal keys fixated on the board in various sizes. Having intense focus on raising awareness about inequalities in the society, protest and community building is an integral part of their music. In fact, Sanders is pursuing a PhD from Newcastle university (UK) on the same.

Suriel, on the other hand, dabbles with two arts at the same time -- Fine Arts and Music. Concerned about the status of theimmigrant being a Dominican-American herself, Suriel reconstructs her roots through her music. Known for provoking audiences and making them dance to the ancient pulse, it’s time to tap your feet.

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