(Photo by Pav Panayioti Mastihi)

Coro de Clave Cuban Roots Community Choir

Winter Term: 2nd December – 10th February (Not including 23rd & 30th Dec)

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 aim 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: 2nd December – 10th February – 9 session. (Not including 23rd & 30th Dec)

Time: 6:30 – 8.30pm

Location:  The Warehouse, Flat A, (Bottom buzzer), Prince Geroge Road, N16 8DL, Dalston, Hackney.

How to Join:
We will be opening our doors to new members on the 2nd of December. No singing experience necessary. If you would like more information please email us at reservations@bomboproductions.com.

Cost:  £10 per session. Drop-In cost £15

Drop-In Members Sign-up 25th Nov-10th Feb New Member’s Deal 2nd Dec-11th Feb

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Alternative payment method
You can also make a bank transfer. Please send an email to reservations@bomboproductions.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.