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Hi all, I am playing at the Prince Of Wales Pub SE23 in Forest Hill, find this pub on the crest of Perry Rise, close to the sainsbury's at Sydenham. On Saturday, the 1st of June.
And then, at the Parliament Hill Fields, Highgate Road, London, NW5 1QR, on the 16th of June 2013, from 3 till 5pm.
Ghanaians in the Diaspora;
There are a good number British born Ghanaians, who have never been to Ghana. I am hoping to open up a corridor for them to visit Ghana, as part of the Cultural exchange part of this project.
Young people of african descent, will most certainly become more productive in whatever they are involved in after a trip to Ghana. Young people of african descent in Europe as a whole, as well as Europeans, could benefit from the life changing experience that is Ghana. I am looking for young people who fit this description to join the project. This would require participation in a series of cultural courses in the UK,and then a short visit to Ghana, where they will immerse themselves in various communal projects.
Youg people, and musicians from all over the world, will also participate in the activities of the project, especially the 'search for a new genre' fusion sessions.
My recent trip to Ghana, February 6th to March 6th '13, was a very busy one. I among other things discovered the serious lack of music education in local schools, all over the country.
It is about time Ghanaians realised the wealth of their culture. This project will address the potenetial that Ghana has in its rich cultural resouces. The great diversity of this culture, and the unique collection of indigienous instruments.
Musical heroes, like the late Eprhaim Amu will be studied, and emphasis on creative projects, that relate to improving the envioronment by using our rich culutural resources.
I have over the years incorporated the pentatonic xylolophone, the attentenbe(bamboo flute), the Goji(one string fiddle, and the koliko(two string banjo), plus the fascinationg Wia flute(overblown three hole flute, similar to the ocarina).
There is also the great 'muso-adventure' of fusing jazz and Ghanaian rhythms/melodies, even using both western, and african instruments.
Looking for musicains/artistes to perfrom on the Music Village Fundraiser, in Croydon, CR0 1FF. On the 18th of June. 6pm -9pm.
have already got my good friend from Ghana, Spoof, to do a DJ Mix with me and others. Also My friends in two lots of trios, playing Jazz/World. Plus, Samba drumming, African food, and Drink.
Full list of Performers out soon.
There will also be Raffle, and tickets for entry are £7, payable at the door, and soon available on Eventbrite.
Funds are being raised to get basic infracture set up on the site; this site (the plot of land) is on a twenty year lease for this project, by the kind support of Robert, my Brother. Also a muso, and based in Bristol.
Phase One of development for this project include;
Loos, a bio-gas model,
Water, souced from a bore hole, and an overhead tank,
Electricity, from the main power grid.
A little second hand Van.
From my experience with running a succesful Jazz club in Ghana in the 90's, where incidentally, Nina Simone, of blessed memory, once performed, Loos are very important, and in this case i am looking at new ways of addressing this important facility. I am hoping to build a bio-gas loo, as this could provide light for the project, in more ways than one.
Water; Ghana has problems with her domestic water supply, and most households are resorting to digging wells, or drilling bore holes for clean and safe water. This would have an overhead water tank, and then the plumbing necessary.
For electricity, although i am looking at long term Solar solutions, getting connected to the National grid is the most practical at this point. Although very erratic at the moment, it should be running better, with additional power from the newly commisioned Bui dam.
I am looking at a second hand van, preferrably a diesel model. My research on this favours the Older VW transporter, which will be sourced from europe.
This is a rugged and reliable workhorse, and can be serviced without modern te4cnological requirements ie computerised autodiagnostic repairs.
"I am available to run community and therapy music workshops and am very experienced in working with groups of people of all ages. Recent assignments include interactive music sessions with children who have autism. I create music on ideas that the participants have, or sketch they may have made. I believe that everyone has a story to tell and that for even the very reserved, the right environment can encourage creativity."
Please contact Jimmy if you would him to run a workshop for you (Reference available)
Jimmy Beckley: saxophone, clarinet, flute, vocalist, guitar, percussion.
Jimmy Beckley originates from Accra, Ghana and developed his playing whilst also running a jazz club in the city for many years. He has played alongside visiting African bands as well as with worldwide musicians including:Nina Simone, James Taylor and Manu Dibango.
Now resident in UK Jimmy has played with many bands around London including a stint with the Open Ear Orchestra and the renowned jazzman - Billy Jenkins.
"My current trio has played many clubs, bars, corporate, charitable functions and parties and we are available for bookings. We play a mix of jazz standards and highlife rhythms."
References and promo CD available.