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West African Music for the American Melodic Percussionist
Start Date: 5/5/2008Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Date: 5/5/2008End Time: 5:00 PM

Event Description
Valerie Naranjo will teach a workshop on traditional west African music for the gyil. Known for her pioneering efforts on West African keyboard percussion, Valerie Naranjo is the first woman permitted (by chiefly decree) to perform African gyil publicly, and one of the only two Westerners to receive a first prize at Ghana's prestigious Kobine Festival. The workshop will introduce the traditional music of the gyil at a level appropriate to attendees. All are welcome to participate. RSVPs are recommended; contact Judy Voet (jvoet1) with a brief description of musical experience or for more information.

The gyil is a mallet keyboard from the Dagara and Lobi peoples of northern Ghana. Through the Cooper Foundation, the late master gyil player and maker Kakraba Lobi performed at Swarthmore. The college now owns gyils made by Kakraba Lobi before he passed away in 2007.

Sponsors of Valerie's visit include Pearl/Adams, Avedis Zildjian Inc., and Vic Firth Inc.
Location Information:
*Swarthmore College - Science Center
Room: Science Center 101
Contact Information:
Name: Judith Voet
Email: jvoet1@swarthmore.edu
Valerie Naranjo
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