Lydia Lewis Presents: African Drumming for Kids featuring Jona Masiya
A fun and educational afternoon of African rhythms and dances
“The children who participate come from different backgrounds, but when they’re in the circle, they’re all of one mind, one rhythm.”
Hosted by Zimbabwe musician Jona Masiya, this performance/workshop on African drumming is loaded with fun! It is designed for children ages 5-12, but all ages are welcome to partake in this family friendly event. No drumming experience is necessary. The audience will be introduced to basic African drumming and dancing, and treated to instruction and demonstration by a skilled professional.
“The same eight-beat rhythm announces the start and finish of a song, and what happens in between is up to the members who contribute to the circle.”
Jona Masiya holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Africa University and a Master of Music Education from Shenandoah University, Winchester VA. He is currently studying Ethnomusicology for a PhD degree. Jona is a distinguished teacher and player of the Djembe, Ngoma, and Mbira. He taught World Music and led an African Ensemble at Shenandoah University. Currently, Jona is a Special Education teacher at Grafton Integrated Health Network. In 2004 he recorded an Mbira album in Zimbabwe, his home country. Growing up in a musical family, he likes to describe the drum as his favorite “toy.” He has showcased his talents in a number of performances and is featured in the official visitor’s guide for Frederick County and Winchester City 2011-2012. Jona hosts an African drum circle at the Shenandoah Arts Council the last Friday of every month.
More information can be found here.
Sat, Aug 17