Township jazz

Course Dates: 22/11/20 - 13/12/20
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: Online
Paul Bartholomew

Online sessions in which you will explore groovy repertoire of South Africa, from Kwela jive to Mbqunga and jazz. Learn to play Township tunes and enjoy the opportunity to improvise. All instruments welcome, and please notify the music department in advance as to what instrument you will play.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

Explore and be inspired by the joyous sounds of South African township music. This is practical course : learn repertoire and play as an ensemble by reading band arrangements of popular songs.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

You will learn to play a few of tunes often referred to as "Township" repertoire, by composers Abdullah Ibrahim, Kippie Moeketsi, Jonas Gwangwa and Barney Rachabane.
Through these tunes you will develop listening and ensemble skills. We will also explore approaches to improvising over simple chord structures in an appropriate style.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- demonstrate knowledge of Township music styles
- have learned repertoire by ear and by reading notation
- play arrangements of South African tunes
- improvise in an appropriate way through enhanced understanding of of S A harmony and style.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

You need to play your instrument well enough to contribute to the class ensemble, and be able to read a score (front line instruments)and chord chart (rhythm section).

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

In addition to music charts, there will be recordings to listen to and tutor demonstration to follow.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Play your own instrument(s).

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You may also be interested in Afro Cuban ensemble and World music short courses such as Klezmer and Bollywood tunes.

Tutor Biographies
We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.

Book your place

Course Code: ME1058

Please choose a course date 

Sun, day, 22 Nov - 13 Dec '20

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £129.00
Senior fee: £129.00
Concession: £79.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

Any questions?
or call 020 7492 2630

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