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Children Ages 6-11

Stomp & Sing with Melanie DeMore

Stomp & Sing, with Vocal Activist Melanie DeMore, for Younger Children (6-11)

Get inside the Gullah rhythmic spirit! 

What is Gullah? The African-American people of the Georgia and South Carolina Lowcountry and Islands, also called Geechee. Gullah describes their creole dialect of English and distinctive African identity as a people, which they’ve been able to preserve because of climate, geography, cultural pride, and patterns of importation of enslaved Africans. For the Gullah-Geechee, communal singing and dance are vital to survival, and rhythm is deep in their souls.

In February and March, there will be many ways to feel the rhythmic spirit of the Gullah as vocal activist Melanie DeMore helps break down walls and create connections through workshops and performances. Through powerful spirituals performed in the Gullah tradition, stick-pounding, hand clapping, and foot stomping, Melanie will challenge all of us to connect with our neighbor and the music within us. Melanie DeMore is a San Francisco Bay-area composer, song-leader, and activist. As part of her expansive residency with Follen Church and Hamilton-Garrett Music & Arts Academy, she will “turn the place into a living, breathing drum.”

Just like with the stick-pounding of older participants, children ages 6-11 will get to feel the Gullah rhythmic spirit too through two workshop/rehearsals:

Monday, February 3 (Follen, 4:00-5:15)

Monday March 23 (Conservatory Lab Charter Lower School, Roxbury, 4:30-5:45)

Our young stompers are encouraged to attend both and are invited to perform, alongside the Freedom Land stick-pounding chorus in:

Saturday March 28, 6:00 pm concert (4:30 rehearsal) at Charles Street AME Church (Roxbury)

Sunday, March 29, 10:30 am (9:00 am rehearsal), Follen Church music service 

Please click on the button to sign up. You can write a comment to say if your attendance will be limited to only one workshop/rehearsal or one performance - keep your eyes open for a follow-up email with details.  Thank you!

Created by:   Vivian Montgomery
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7 slots filled - more available
Jennifer Vandiver
Kenzie Johnson
Contact person: Heather Johnson 508-395-6173
Courtney Jones
Sally 2/3 and 3/29 only
Maureen Markelz (2)
Jack & Alice Markelz
Tuna Chatterjee (2)
For Aoife and Kai Willerjee on Feb 3 only
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