Rescheduled! Romani Musicians: Scenes from Kosovo

ATTENTION – Exhibit opening and film screening has been rescheduled! The photo exhibit will be on display all day at the McConnell Library, Friday, March 31st, 10-9pm; the film will be screened at 3:30 pm, Friday, March 31st. Dr. Pettan will be in the library to discuss the film and photos until 6 pm.

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Sound Studies Initiative Upcoming Events: March 2017

Here is a message from one of our friends at the University of Alberta, Dr. Mary Ingraham, the Director of the Sound Studies Initiative about upcoming events at the end of this month at their university:   The Sound Studies Initiative at the University of Alberta is pleased to invite you to two events next week.…

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Digital Interns on the Move at CBU

CBU posted news about soundcommunties.org Digital Intern Program on February 28, 2017. See here for the full article! Funding for a pilot program from the Provincial Department of Communities, Culture & Heritage has allowed Dr. Marcia Ostashewski of CBU’s Centre for Sound Communities to recently hire ten Digital Interns, including two Coordinators, through the recently…

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Nèba Solo, the Master of the Balafon

In 2010, Professor Cherif Keita, two of his colleagues and his students of Carleton College(Minnesota) visited the Southern Malian town of Sikasso, where they called on his old friend Nèba Solo, the master of the Senoufo balafon. This is a piece is about friendship, music and the culture of Mali.

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Global Musics, Local Connections Workshops

Please join us in attending the Global Musics Local Connections Dance Workshops. Centre for Sound Communities, CBU & McConnell Library, 50 Falmouth Street, Sydney, Nova Scotia. (Beginning March 16, continuing on March 22 and 23.)  

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World Renowned Malian Musician, Lasssana Diabate!

Dear Colleagues, Friends, Please note that world-renowned Malian musician Lassana Diabate will be returning to Sydney next week for a series of presentations. I have included his itinerary below. It includes some intercultural music-making and performances, lecture-demonstrations, a film screening, and workshops including one for music educators. Please share the news of Lassana’s visit and these…

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Global Musics Local Connections Film Festival

Please join us in attending the Global Musics Local Connections Film Festival. McConnell Library, 50 Falmouth Street, Sydney, Nova Scotia. Tuesday and Thursday  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.  February 28 –The Sunjata Story: Glimpse of a Mande Epic  The life of Sunjata Keita, the prince who founded West Africa’s greatest empire almost 800 years ago,…

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Lassana Diabate in Cape Breton on February 2017

Fodé Lassana Diabaté is a virtuoso balafon player who comes from Guinea, where the balafon originates. The balafon as an instrument played by griotsdates back at least to the 13th Century. Lassana began playing balafon at the age of five at home in Conakry with his father, Djelisory Diabaté, a master balafon player, from Kindia. Lassana makes his own balafons out of the…

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Interview with Kassé Mady Diabaté

This interview and recital was shot in September 2015 at Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, where Kassé Mady Diabaté performed with his group composed of his cousin, Lansiné Kouyaté(balafon), Badjè Tounkara(nkoni) and Balaké Sissoko(Kora), all jaliw or Mande oral artists. This exchange illustrates the process by which they change the repertoire they inherit from their forebears and…

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Digital Poetry Translations

The digital interns engaged in three poetry exercises today in anticipation of creating an online poetry archive. For the last project of the morning, the interns used digital photographs of different locations around Cape Breton University that they had taken the previous day, while learning how to use the photography app of iPads from the…

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