Township tunes

Course Dates: 02/06/19 - 23/06/19
Time: 10:30 - 13:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Paul Bartholomew

Four morning sessions in which you will learn to play groovy repertoire of South Africa : Kwela jive , Mbqunga and jazz. Ensemble playing with opportunities to improvise. All instruments welcome. Please inform the Music department which instrument you play when you enrol. Tutor: Paul Bartholomew.

Rhythm section places are limited : please contact the Music department prior to enrolling to check vacancies.


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.

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. Paul will conduct the class as an ensemble.

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

Bring your instrument, and a lead if you have electric guitar or bass.

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

the Afro Cuban Ensemble is a similar ensemble playing course.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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Excellent pace, sympathetic and professional tutor, comprehensive programme of music
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Review by Ian Aargh! / (Posted on 25/02/2019)
This is a really enjoyable, friendly and instructive course and the tutor is great. (The music's fab as well).
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 24/02/2019)
Great course

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Review by Caz / (Posted on 01/08/2015)

Book your place

Course Code: ME1059

Sun, day, 02 Jun - 23 Jun '19

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £119.00
Senior fee: £119.00
Concession: £73.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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