Grace Performing with Donna Simpson at the Fremantle Heritage Festival
Grace is a Waif on 720 ABC Radio
Our very own Grace Canny was invited by Donna Simpson of the Waifs, to accompany her in a live performance on-air at 720 ABC Radio. Together, lead by-------? they helped to promote the Fremantle Heritage Festival as they performed the Waifs song Bridal Train. As one of Grace's set works this is an extraordinary opportunity to work with one of the people responsible for this song.
What is Tiyende!
Tiyende! (Let’s Go!), from the Nyanja language in Zambia, is the title of an exciting African themed cross-curricular Artists in Residency project across year 8 Arts and Technologies classes in term 1. It’s title is taken from the famous Zambian independence song Tiyende Pamodzi which contain the line, Tiyende pamodzi munsapato imodzi (We need to walk together, in the same shoes). This simple message of harmony, of respect for each other, is at the heart of this project, as, of course, is fun.
Our students will explore the diversity and richness of different African cultures through Music, Visual Art, Cooking, Textiles and Multimedia and, as they explore and experiment, will express themselves using these new understandings.
Local artists and parent members of our school family, Freddy Poncin and Wajipha Chongwe along with Fiona Crooks, will work in classes with students over the second half of this term. Tiyende! finished with an end of term celebration in the Music Centre on April 11th where participating students shared their experiences with each other and their families.
This project forms part of the school’s Sustainable Living Program and has been financially supported by the school’s P&C. On behalf of all participants, we acknowledge that contribution.
Freddy Poncin - Artist-In-Residence Term 1
Freddy Poncin, one of Australia's leading hand percussionists" according to Drumscene magazine, started playing drums at the age of 12 and has been a professional musician for over 3 decades. As a freelance percussionist/drummer, Freddy plays with various groups like Grace Barbé and Descarga, teaches African and Latin drumming, lectures at WAAPA occasionally, does school workshops and facilitates percussion workshops in Western Australia. Freddy plays congas, drum kit, timbales, djembe and various hand percussion instruments.
We're delighted to have Afro-Cuban specialist Freddy Poncin working with our Music students throughout term 1.
Freddy last worked with us in 2011 during Hip Hop Harmony, our very successful and innovative 2011 song writing and production project so we're understandably excited to be working with him again. See our Hip Hop Harmony pages for more information on this project or Freddy's website to find out more about his work.
It's a great opportunity for our students to acquaint themselves with this music through a series of practical workshops (the dates are on the calendar). On Thursday Aprill 11 come along the Music Centre at 7pm to see and hear what your children have been up to in Music.
More information and pix will follow as workshops progress.