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Instruments and music from Latin America

World Music & Dance Academy
14 August 2019

This week we would like to introduce you to some lessons from the World Music & Dance Academy. Our World Music & Dance Academy is one of the few where you can go for an exceptional range of world music instruments. This year we have up to seven different courses for instruments and music from Latin America.

Pandeiro & Caxixis with Osvaldo Hernandez

Osvaldo Hernandez has chosen the pandeiro, one of the wide range of Brazilian percussion instruments, to form the centrepiece of this course. Although it looks like a simple tambourine, the pandeiro is a versatile instrument that is found in many different styles of Brazilian music. Students will have an opportunity to learn traditional Brazilian rhythms from the north-east of Brazil

Come and discover this course during the free session on Monday 16th of September, between 8pm and 9pm.

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Bombo with Patricia Hernandez

The bombo leguero is an essential element in Argentine folklore. A member of the drum family, this large drum provides a deep and powerful sound which can be heard from a long way away. Originally the large native Argentine drum, as opposed to the present-day bombo leguero, was used, like most percussion instruments, in connection with the social need for musical expression and to accompany religious rituals. Traditionally the bombo accompanies elements of the Argentine repertoire such as the chacera, the zamba, the gato or the malombo. The malombo, the first rhythm taught in the course, is the rhythm that accompanies the dance with boleadoras.

Come and discover this course during the free session on Monday 16th of September from 7 pm to 8 pm.

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Brazilian guitar and cavaquinho with Osman Martins

Happely for us, Osman Martins has been living in Brussels for years and has turned out to be one of the most interesting Brazilian musicians. Every Wednesday he gives Brazilian guitar and cavaquinho in our academy. The focus in both courses are the rhythms and melodies from the Brazilian Popular Music (samba, choro, bossa nova, …). You learn techniques on the acoustic guitar or cavaquinho, in the Brazilian style. Do you prefer to play together with others? In the Samba & Choro ensemble you explore the rich repertoire of choro and samba, the Brazilian folk music that has lost nothing of vitality. Osman Martins is well placed to pass on the repertoire and the pleasure of playing together.

Come and discover the course cavaquinho during the free session on Wednesday 18th of September from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm and the Brazilian Guitar from 7:30 pm to 8:30pm.

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Argentine Tango with Dante & Monica Dominguez

This course offers Argentine tango in its purest traditional form, with a strong emphasis on dancing together as a couple. The aim of the course is to provide the tools to understand and analyze movement; to learn the essential technical moves that define this improvisational dance. The lesson is given by Dante & Monica Dominguez. When teaching, they try to help students experience the essence of tango through feeling. The ability to listen to one’s partner, guided by the music, forms the foundation of their teaching. In tango the dance moves are very important and necessary, but emotions, dialogue and creativity are the essence.

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Boleadoras with Patricia Hernandez

The boleadores was originally an important tool for hunting within the native tribes of South America (especially in Argentina and Uruguay). Since the 1960s, the boleadores are an important element in the folklore. About 70 years ago, an Argentinian dancer, “El Chucaro” Ayala Santiago, had the idea of integrating the Boleadoras as a percussion instrument with a traditional dance of Argentina, Malamabo. Boleadoras consists of two cords with two (nylon) spheres. At the same time, dancing is made as music is made.

Come and discover this course during the free session on Monday 16th of September from 8 pm to 9 pm.

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Cajon Afro-Peruano with Osvaldo Hernandez

During this group course, Osvaldo will cover the different techniques of the Afro-Peruvian cajon as well as the rhythms that are more frequently used in contemporary music styles.  It is particularly known as an instrument created by the black population of Peru. The Cajon was a substitute for the African drums, whose use was forbidden after deportation of the slaves. It is most likely that the first cajons were simple wooden crates used for the transportation of fruit or fish. The cajon kept on evolving gradually and eventually took his final form during the fifties.

Come and discover this course during the free session on Monday 16th of September from 7 pm to 8 pm.

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