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Recycled African Instrument-Making and Performance

  • Culture | Africa
  • Format | Workshop, After School Program, Community Event
  • Discipline | Visual Arts, Music
  • Level | Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8
Part One

Students make and decorate their instruments under the direction of a visual artist.

Part Two

Students learn to play African rhythms on their original instruments.

The workshop culminates in an in-class performance at your school or organization. At least ninety minutes is needed for the second workshop to allow for rehearsal.

(Participants must bring in empty plastic, cardboard, or metal containers from home. We supply art materials.)


Misha McGlown
Education Artists Misha Mcglown

Misha McGlown is a multifaceted artist, curator, and educator specializing in wearable art, jewelry design, painting, and metalwork – all of which showcase her deep interest in African culture and ancient civilizations. As a teaching artist, she has participated with Groundswell Mural Arts Project, Arts Horizons, and Manhattan Youth. She has been awarded artist grants by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Puffin Foundation, and Harlem Arts Alliance. Ms. McGlown was educated at Wayne State University and the Center for Creative Studies.

Rose Pearlman
Education Artists Rose Pearlman

Rose Pearlman is a painter and fiber artist who has exhibited her work in New York City and Vermont. She has been teaching art in public schools and facilitating art workshops in the New York City area for over 12 years. Classes have included print-making, weaving, painting, clay, sculpture, calligraphy, photography, and textile design. She holds a B.F.A in Photography from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Tammy Hall
Education Artists Tammy Hall

Tammy Hall is a storyteller, visual artist, and advocate for literacy who has traveled across Europe, the Caribbean, Africa, and Central America collecting folklore from the rich oral traditions of many cultures. A former New York City school teacher, Tammy leads storytelling, writing workshops, and visual arts residencies in New York City and across the country. A native of Clarksville, Tennessee, she draws on her African-American southern rural heritage to deliver remarkable tales at schools, churches, and cultural institutions.

Kevin Nathaniel Hylton
Education Artists Kevin Nathaniel Hylton

Kevin Nathaniel Hylton is a musician and composer who is the founding member of Spirit Ensemble, Heritage OP, Forestdance, and Kaleidhaphonic. He has produced 9 recordings, and can be heard on the Narada collection “African Voices” and the Ellipsis Arts release “African Dreams.” As a teaching artist, Mr. Hylton has presented workshops and lectures/demos at several venerated institutions, including Lincoln Center, Juilliard, University of Michigan, and Wesleyan University. He graduated cum laude with a B.F.A from Yale University.

Hasan Bakr
Education Artists Hasan Bakr

Hasan Bakr is a percussionist, singer, and composer, who found his first musical expressions in the tonal arts of the drum and percussion. He has studied masters with discipline for most of his adult life with such notables as Chief Bey (shekere and bell), Babafeami (Conga), Nana Vasconcelos (berimbau and caxixi), Little Ray Romero (timbales), and Mbemba Bangoura (Djembe). Hasan molded a unique vocal ability that landed a position as lead singer in the legendary Spirit Ensemble and Heritage OP, both New York based percussion ensembles.

Sanga of the Valley
Education Artists Sanga Of The Valley

Sanga of the Valley is a Trinidadian master percussionist who has been a part of Symphony Space’s Global Arts programs since 1989 - taking part in the Africa and Latin America curriculums. Sanga specializes in djembe drumming and has taught in classrooms, workshop settings, assemblies, and after-school programs in public schools all over New York City. Sanga has studied with some of the world’s greatest drummers from West Africa, the Caribbean, Brazil, and the United States, including Babatunde Olatunji. He has performed throughout the world with artists such as Carlos Santana, The Grateful Dead, and Gabriella Roth.

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