Gospel Choir Collaboration: Local to Global - From Africa to America and back again!
Masankho Kamsisi Banda will share the stories and culture embedded in Malawian music and dance but we will very intentionally probe for local to global connections between Makawian music and culture and African American music and culture. And because of the fact that much of African American music has been influenced by the rhythm and aesthetic of West Africa, particularly from Ghana and Mali, we will examine differences and similarities in those two African traditions.
Lastly we hope to create music that represents a fusion of our two worlds through a collaborative succession of SKYPE, email, and studio sessions.
About the facilitators
Masankho Kamsisi Banda, originally from Malawi, Africa, teaches and performs traditional African songs, dance, and stories as an integrated way of teaching others about African cultures. He will provide a variety of resources for teachers to utilize in their classrooms. Masankho will have you singing, dancing and learning new techniques that you can immediately use in your daily classroom life. Resources will be made available for you to take with you. Learn more
Keith McCutchen is the Director of the ASU Gospel Choir, Men’s Glee Club and the Jazz Vocal Ensemble. Keith received his Masters of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Minnesota and is currently completing his Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Indiana University Jacob’s School of Music. Learn more