World Music Fest
Groups to include the CSUN Steel Band, the CSUN African Ensemble, and the CSUN Gamelan Ensemble.
The Steel Band
The California State University Northridge Steel Drum Ensemble, under the direction of "Gee" Rabe, is currently a 13-piece group, consisting of entirely steel drums and drumset. The group performs many styles of music, including calypso, reggae, Latin, and classical.
CSUN African Ensemble
The CSUN African Music Ensemble is designed for both music majors and non-music majors with no previous experience. In the ensemble, we play music from the Shona people of Zimbabwe and the Ewe people of Ghana. Most of this music is centuries-old and has been passed down by oral tradition from generation to generation. The instruments used in this ensemble consist of Shona-style marimbas from Zimbabwe and traditional Ewe drums from Ghana. The marimbas play music that is based on the Shona mbira dzavadzimu, a hand-held instrument with 22-28 metal keys. Mbira music is used for calling ancestral spirits and dance. The Ewe people use drums for celebrations, important functions, and dance.
Gamelan is the celebrated gong orchestra of Indonesia. The music ranges from serene and contemplative, to boisterous and exciting. No previous experience necessary.
Sunday, Apr 22, 2018 -- Doors open at 6pm
Cypress Recital Hall