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Gyil Performance by Valerie Naranjo
Start Date: 5/5/2008Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Date: 5/5/2008End Time: 9:00 PM

Event Description
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.

She received the Bachelor's and Master's degrees, studied in ten African countries, and has apprenticed with some of percussion's strictest masters in America and West Africa.

Valerie currently performs on six continents: (solo, with "Mandara"; The Saturday Night Live Band, Broadway's Lion King, Philip Glass, The Paul Winter Consort, Zakir Hussein) and created, with master percussionist Kakraba Lobi the series "West African Music for the Marimba Soloist."

The 2005 reader's poll for "Drum!" magazine named Valerie "World Percussionist of the Year."

More information about Valerie and the gyil can be found at:  www.mandaramusic.com 
Location Information:
*Swarthmore College - Science Center
Room: Science Center 101
Contact Information:
Name: Judith Voet
Email: jvoet1@swarthmore.edu
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