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Tomorrow's Warriors presents

Mango Spice: Caribbean Workshop & Family Jamboree

Sunday 13 May

In a nutshell

A fun and interactive performance workshop for families to enjoy together, exploring traditional and contemporary music and dance from the Caribbean diaspora; from folk-song and reggae to carnival and New Orleans parades.

Go on...

Join Cherise Adams-Burnett and friends for a journey through the rich heritage of Caribbean music and dance as practiced across the world - from Jamaica and Trinidad, to Cuba and New Orleans. Learn call-and-response games and ring dances, and discover the stories behind the rhythms, words and movements of calypso, reggae, conga, carnival procession and traditional folk song.

  • Build confidence, coordination and concentration
  • Learn with others in a safe and fun-filled environment
  • Enhance your listening skills and musical awareness
  • Learn about other cultures and where our favourite music styles come from  
  • Get moving, and bust some moves!

Great fun and brilliant edutainment for children and the young at heart! 

And then stay to see the Tomorrow’s Warriors young musicians in action, and appreciate how this wonderfully rich culture has informed the equally exciting world of jazz performance. From 1pm.

Session Outline:

Each month we’ll be exploring a different genre of music, building on the rhythms and dance styles of: Jamaican Folk culture (February); Reggae (March); Mas & Carnival (April); Second-line & Brass-band parades (May) – with the final session serving as a ‘show week’ and a big celebration of our favourite bits from the previous sessions – to which all friends and family are invited!

What to Expect

Come along ready to move about and get involved!  A participatory workshop suitable for all ages and all abilities. With a series of song and rhythm activities and call-and-response games, it is designed for children and young people to take part in with their older siblings, parents, carers, grandparents (and great-grandparents!). A 50 minute workshop will follow a fun and relaxed warm-up, with each week focusing on 2-3 songs typical of a specific genre of Caribbean music.  All participants are encouraged to stay to see for the afternoon jazz jam session. No experience necessary! Come prepared wearing comfortable clothes and shoes.

Who's Involved

Tomorrow’s Warriors is a pioneering music education/professional development organisation and award-winning creative producer working nationally and internationally with some of the most exciting, most diverse new, emerging and established jazz artists in the UK, with a special focus on those from the African diaspora and girls.

What People are Saying

'Lots of fun … relaxed setting, very comfortable atmosphere' (Mum of 5 year old)

'Great! Lots of fun with great energy' (Dad to 2yr-old & 3 month old)

'AWESOME!!! Love the dancing and maracas and activity sheets!' (Merissa, 9 & Mayla, 7)

Why does Rich Mix matter?

'Rich Mix is the beating heart of the community – a space in which people can explore, discuss, learn and engage with their own and others’ lives, through a vibrant and inspiring programme of cultural activity. Rich Mix matters, because art and culture do. Because, between them, they are the key to understanding ourselves and others, at home and away.'

Find out more / @Tom_Warriors #WePlayJazz

Things you should know

Please note: Please ensure you arrive between 11:00am - 11:15am - the warm up starts at 11.15am, and the workshop starts at 11.30am.

Suitable for all ages, from 1-100! But particularly children and young people, age 3-14 years of age.

Designed for families to enjoy together, children and grandparents included.

All adults to be accompanied by a child (including the inner one).

This event is wheelchair accessible.

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