Orquésta Chungu will be touring Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia from 10th of May to 15th of June. The group is named after the Chungu, the traditional East African clay pot which is popular because it retains it’s heat. Orquésta Chungu has cooked up a menu spiced with tasty grooves from Mozambique to Ethiopia featuring music by some of the great composers in East Africa. With an international line-up consisting of Will Ramsay on saxophone from South Africa, Girun Mezmur and Abiy Woldemariam on guitar and keyboards from Ethiopia and Martin Lillich and Dietrich Woehrlin from Germany on bass and drums, the group will add a unique flavor in each country by inviting local musicians to join them for some sizzling performances. The whole tour will be documented on CD.
The five core musicians of Orquésta Chungu are part of a music education workshop tour of the four East African countries, supported by the German Foreign Office and the Goethe-Institut in partnership with the Jazzamba School of Music in Ethiopia, The Bayimba Music Academy in Uganda, Action Music Tanzania & Music Mazdaz in Tanzania and the Institute of Cultural Music in Kenya. The musicians and music teachers participating in the workshops are being trained to read, write and analyze their own music using an innovative core curriculum which they can then use in their own teaching programs to document, preserve, promote and teach their own music. The 2015 workshop will focus on instrument curricula and ensemble training using transcriptions of music from all over East and Southern Africa. The partner organizations in each country are responsible for selecting the participants for the training.
The tour is taking place within the framework of the East African Global Music Campus teacher training program which has the overall objective of preserving, developing and promoting African music and African music education in the region. To this end the Global Music Academy in Berlin and its partners in the region are developing a two year course which will provide professional training for aspiring young musicians focused on the music of Africa and training musicians to teach on the program.
From June 9th to June 13th the Workshop will take place in collaboration with the Jazzamba Music School in Addis Abeba. On June 14th and 15th the workshop results will be presented publicly.
16th May to 22th May
5 day workshop at the Kampala School of Music, Uganda and workshop presentation
24th May to 30th May
5 day workshop at Music Mayday Tanzania and workshop presentation
1st June to 7th June
5 day workshop at Institute of Cultural Music Kenya and workshop presentation
9th June to 15th June
5 day workshop at Jazzamba School Ethiopia
14th June and 15th June
Workshop presentation in Addis Ababa