Thursday, 1 December 2011

Black History Month Arts Workshops



SOLA was once again invited to return the Merseyside Youth Association’s Black History Month Treasure Hunt around the city centre during October this year. This year we were based in Liverpool World Museum and it was a brilliant experience.

We ran workshops based on this year’s theme of ‘Black Music’, where the young people took part in a sound based game to match a range of audio recordings from world musical instruments, with their pictures, such as saz (from Kurdistan), djembe from West Africa(drum), yirediki (dijeridoo) from Australia, shekere from Jamaica and West Africa (percussion), violin from Kurdistan, oud from North Africa, drums from Algeria, as well as others such as guitar.
In addition, participants completed a visual puzzle about these instruments and finally painted one of them, large scale, to take back to their group.
 Facilitator, Tanor Diop a professional djembe artist, also did some djembe drumming with the young people, which went down a treat.
 SOLA facilitators then joined all participants and partners for food at the end of the workshops to celebrate and taste food from around the world.
 The feedback has been fantastic and we look forward to the opportunity of working on the event next year.

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