(Photo by Pav Panayioti Mastihi)
Coro de Clave Cuban Roots Community Choir
Autumn Term: 23rd September – 18th November 2019 (Not including 21st Oct)
Coros de Clave is the name given to the group singing which proliferated in the black communities of western Cuba from the last part of the 1800s until around 1920. They were mobile ensembles, often amassing over 100 members and would compete with other neighbouring groups. Bombo Productions has revived and transferred this beautiful idea of community singing to this century and expanded the repertoire to include other rumba-based styles.
Coro de Clave collaborates with a project called Moving Voices which supports female survivors of trafficking reintegrate into our local community through singing. Moving Voices is supported by the Mayor of London’s Culture Seeds funding.
Each session will be divided into three sections: Practical rhythm and voice exercises; that aims to develop an understanding of clave (the asymmetrical timeline that underpins Cuban music) and singing in contra time.
Repertoire; that builds on learning a body of songs from the Cuban rumba tradition.
Harmony; we will work on three and four-part vocal harmonies.
Timing; we will develop an understanding of clave and vocal rumba phrasing.
When: Mondays 23rd September – 18th November (Not including 21st Oct)
Time: 6:30 – 8.30pm
How to Join:
From September we will begin our 8-week term where we learn new arrangements. We will be opening our doors to new members on the 23rd of September. Not singing experience necessary. If you would like to try a session please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cost: 8 Weeks Term is £10 per session. Drop-In cost £15
Alternative payment method
You can also make a bank transfer. Please send an email to email@example.com and we will send you our account details.
Any questions feel free to ask.
Here is a recent recording from a collaboration with Amies Freedom Choir (a choir for young women trafficked into the UK) and Coro de Clave Community Choir.