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Exploring World Cultures through Music

Exploring World Cultures through Music
Global Voices gives us a tremendous new way to bring young people into the living, breathing vitality of other cultures. The Social Studies, World History, Geography and Language Arts curriculum is explored through traditional world music. These strategies are used as a tool to understanding the diversity of cultures and traditional customs. Global Voices offers interactive school performances of world music and mini-student workshops. In her highly participatory performances, Imani Gonzalez travels through the regions of India; SeneGambia, West Africa; Brazil, from her book DHIMKI; and the Yoruba people of Cuba, Ga people of Ghana, West Africa and Shona people of Zimbabwe, South Africa from her book IYIPO AYE. She conducts mini-workshops before each performance with about 10 - 12 students teaching them different rhythms to some of the songs she will perform and then have the students perform with her in front of their peers.

Artist Background

Imani Gonzalez is an artist educator, author, and professional jazz/world vocalist. Her voice is featured on many of the National Geographic Television's Explorer Series soundtracks, including the Emmy-nominated film The Jane Goodall Biography. Imani is a Teaching Artist with the Kennedy Center, Washington Performing Arts and United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County. She has performed, toured, and recorded with renowned artists, such as Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Imani has written two world music books for children entitled, Dhimiki and Iyipo Aye with sing-a-long compact discs, which have received rave reviews from teachers, students, universities and libraries.

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