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If you are craving for some authentic music from Africa, then you should mark your calendar for Orquésta Chungu’s concert coming up in June.
Orquésta Chungu is a group of international musicians who are touring Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia. The group has wiped up great selection from across Africa featuring some of the best composers in East Africa.
The tour that has already started has a lineup consisting of Will Ramsay on saxophone from South Africa, Girum Mezmur and Abiy Woldemariam on guitar and keyboards from Ethiopia and Martin Lillich and Dietrich Woehrlin from Germany on bass and drums.
In each country they tour, the group invites local musicians to join them in their performances making the stage play even more interesting and entertaining.
The five core musicians of Orquésta Chungu are part of a music education workshop tour of the four East African countries, supported by the German Foreign Office and the Goethe-Institut in partnership with the Jazzamba School of Music in Ethiopia, The Bayimba Music Academy in Uganda, Action Music Tanzania & Music Mayday in Tanzania and the Institute of Cultural Music in Kenya.
The musicians and music teachers participating in the workshops are being trained to read, write and analyze their own music. By using an innovative core curriculum, they are enabled to teach their own programs and to document, preserve, promote as well as teach their own music.
The 2015 workshop focuses on instrument curricula and ensemble training using transcriptions of music from all over East and Southern Africa. The partner organizations in each country are responsible for selecting the participants for the training.
The musicians have been touring since 10th of May in a schedule that will last until 15th of June. During that time will be covering Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia. In case you are wondering the group is named after the Chungu, the traditional East African clay pot which is popular because it retains its heat. Check out Goethe-Institut’s website for more information on this upcoming event.