On the 4th of July the Nettlefold will proudly present Winston Nzinga, an amazing percussionist and storyteller from the Caribbean that will fill our eyes and hearts with a blend of traditional and contemporary storytelling with music, riddle, call and response and song whilst using Afro-Caribbean drumming and percussion.
"The enthusiasm, excitement, energy and education that Winston generated was inspirational. "All Saints' C.E. Primary School, Staffordshire.
Saturday, the 4th of July 2009
1 Norwood High Street
(same building as West Norwood Library)
Here. You can check it on this MAP!
Tickets are £5 each.
£4.50 with Lambeth Leisure Card
(which can be obtained at any Lambeth Leisure Centre).
Children under 2 go free.
Any other queries/box office, please ring us on:
0207 926 8070
Some information on Winston:
“Performance artist Winston Nzinga is an accomplished African-Caribbean percussionist, dancer, singer and teacher. He has worked and performed extensively in the UK, Africa and the Caribbean.”
“Winston’s interest in percussive music began at the age of 12 when he joined the Boys’ Brigade. After just two years involvement he was made lead drummer. During this time he was also invited to join the drum and dance company Ekome. He spent two years with the company touring the UK – at one time he even took part in the Miss Tunisia beauty contest (playing drums that is, not as one of the contestants!).”
“It was through Ekome, Winston met his teacher of eight years, Mario Diekuuruh, the artistic director of Dagarti Arts and he joined the company in 1979.
Mario and Dagarti allowed him to further his percussive skills and knowledge of northern Ghanaian music and dance. He performed at festivals, community events, colleges and ran workshops at the Albany community centre and the Deptford Academy of music.”
“By the late 1980s, Winston was developing his educational work. He visited Ghana in 1986 for a field trip and later that year was also invited to Ireland to advise the Irish Government on African arts, as well as to train an African based Irish artist. From 1988, Winston has been involved in the Arts Education for Multicultural Society, working in education nationally but focusing his work in Cheshire and Staffordshire. Also in this year he attended a training course with the Black Arts Development Trust.”
“In the 1990s, he toured with the artist H Patten in his ‘Ina de Wildanis’ show, worked extensively with both Commonlore storytellers and Spud and Yam duo. He also toured the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and appeared at the Scottish Storytelling Festival on several occasions. In 2001, he was invited to work with the British Forces Education Service in German British based schools. He has also advised Arts Council, England, on policies for its multicultural projects.”
“Winston’s workshops combine a blend of traditional and contemporary dance rhythms from Africa and the Caribbean in a unique presentational style, spicing his rich vocals with traditional AfricanCaribbean rhythms. An inspirational storyteller who delves into different cultures, he aims to involve all students, regardless of age, to understand their common heritage through presentation and participation. His workshops place the emphasis on interaction, so we ask that you provide an intimate environment in which Winston and the participants can engage successfully.”
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