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Workshops

2019 WORKSHOPS

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Drum Play with Pele

11am to 12:30pm

Come join in the fun of exploring rhythm from African and AfroCuban roots. Classes are designed for all levels of participation.

We will explore the orchestration of poly-rhythm bringing forth the inner child. Let’s have some fun…..LETS PLAY!

IF YOU HAVE A HEARTBEAT THEN YOU ARE A DRUMMER…..

NO TWO CLASSES ARE EVER THE SAME…..

Pele Yemaya (PJ Young) was formally trained in piano at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago Illinois from 6-16. Beethoven soon became Boogie.

For 25 years, Pele has studied with Ubaka Hill, Fasi (Linda Thomas Jones), Edwinda Lee Tyler, Fatu , Deb Mc Gee, Paloma, and Afia Walking Tree. She has had the pleasure of being a part of The Drumsong Orchestra on Ubaka Hill’s CDs Dance the Spiral Dance and ShapeShifters.

In 2008, she travelled to Roume, Guinea (Africa) to study drum and dance with Afia Walking Tree and M. Lamine ‘Dibo’ Camara, principle soloist for Les Ballets d’Afrique Noire de Mansour Gueye. During that time, she fell in love with traditional African dance, and became Qween’s lead drummer for Nu Traditional African Dance for 9 years at the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival prior to its closing in 2015.

Pele has not only studied djembe but has also learned rhythm with Dundun, Samban and Kenkeni drums for past nine years and has fallen in love with helping others in their path with traditional drum rhythms geared towards African Dance, Afro Cuban traditions and loves integrating hand drumming with many other genres of music.

Most recently, in the fall of 2017, Pele was honored to provide a 3 lecture series at Michigan State University entitled African Drumming, A Womon’s Perspective and is also serving as the percussionist for Ruth Barrett’s seasonal concert series in Lansing Michigan.

Contact info: pelejemaya@gmail.com


Two-Chord Ukulele Workshop by Jennifer and the Lady Flukes

11:30-12:30 pm

Never picked up an instrument before? Got a song in your heart? This 60 minute beginner ukulele workshop is designed for the absolute beginner. Come sing and strum with the sisterhood. Bring your ukulele and open mind. We have a few loaner ukuleles — email jrangel@umich.edu to reserve one. First come, first serve. Patient intermediate players and supporting sideline singers welcomed!

 


The Power of Presence: creating with intention by Natalia Zukerman and Lisa Ferraro
10 AM to noon
In this workshop, we will explore words/affirmations that represent the core values present at this festival. Through writing, meditation, active listening and sacred circle, we will reflect on these concepts and leave our time together more able to integrate the visions we carry as a community back into our everyday lives.

 


Terri Jewell Archive
Time TBA
Terri Jewell was a black lesbian poet who was very active in the Lansing lesbian community until her death in 1995. She performed many times at WITA. Terri and her work deserve to be remembered. The MSU Library holds four boxes of her papers, including three complete but unpublished manuscripts. In this session, Su Penn will discuss Terri’s life and work, introduce the contents of her archive at MSU, describe what might be involved in creating a digital edition of her papers and manuscripts, and ask women to consider whether they are led to engage in the work of bringing her work into the light. Su can also be reached at su@supenn.com

 

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