Global Arts: Cultural Literacy & Heritage
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Step by step, the teaching artist teaches the groups the melodies, the harmonies, the words, and the translations. Starting with vocal warm-ups and call and response, the students get comfortable and gain confidence in singing. Articulation, vocal projection and rhythm are emphasized. Ultimately, the wonderful sound of choral singing fills the room.
Marsha Perry Starkes
Marsha Perry Starkes is a multifaceted musician who combines traditional African instruments and musical forms with contemporary influences. Her recordings include Bird Lives! Through the Neo Bass Ensemble, Hit It! and Bebop meets Bass. She sings and plays the music of Africa, Latin America, North America, and the Caribbean. Marsha holds a B.S. in Theatre Arts from Marygrove College in Detroit, MI.
Women of the Calabash
Women of the Calabash, founded in 1978, combines traditional instruments, vocals, and music forms with contemporary influences to perform music from Africa, the Caribbean, and black America. Under artistic director Madeleine Yayodele Nelson, Women of the Calabash uses moments during workshops and performances to teach the history and playing techniques of the various instruments used, giving context to the music they perform. Women of the Calabash shared billing with performers such as the Temptations, Richie Havens, Philip Glass, Odetta and more.