Have fun in a small & friendly group. Plus learn a new skill.
The drop-in sessions are suitable for everyone – you don’t have to have sung before & don’t have to come from the Caribbean.
Learn about the fascinating & wide range of Caribbean folk music that exists:
- The Caribbean area shares many common aspects in terms of history, but each island has its unique culture, history & language.
- The cultural diversity is largely the result of the different European nations that colonised each island & the different people they brought there.
- The first people to inhabit the Caribbean were Native Americans called the Carib and the Arawak. Very little of their heritage remains, but some of their instruments & music survives.
- Amongst the slaves taken to the Caribbean came large numbers of Africans & their heritage of rhythm, instruments & dance can be found very strongly throughout the music in the different islands.
- Significant Asian populations in some locations means you will find Indian & Chinese influences also.
- Many of these traditional songs will disappear if people don’t preserve & sing them!
And if you have songs that you love singing, why not contact Jacqueline as she is always keen to learn new Caribbean folk songs.
Dates: Every Friday. New members’ induction – first Friday of every month.
NB New members please check with Jacqueline before attending, as occasionally sessions have to be rescheduled due to other library events.
Time: 1pm – 2.30pm.
Cost: £2 per week to cover songsheet printing, buying resources & other essential running costs (or just pay whatever donation you can if you can’t afford that much).