Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Adventures in Multicultural Living: Body Music - AnnArbor.com

I received an email from the University of Michigan Arts on Earth program about Keith Terry and the Body Music Residency as part of their Arts and Bodies programming this fall. Executive Director Theresa Reid writes: “I thought you might be interested, because body music is a universal form - practiced in every culture from the dawn of humanity - which has distinct cultural variations… I’d love for more families in Ann Arbor to know about body music as well, because it’s so joyful and accessible, and it links us all.”

The Arts on Earth website explains more:

“Body music has emerged all over the world, from Inuit vocal games to Balinese kecak (or monkey) chant and dance, from Flamenco Palmas to Sumatran Saman and Ethiopian armpit music. ‘Gumboot’ was developed in the gold mines of South Africa by enslaved workers who were forbidden to speak. ‘Hambone’ was developed by African slaves in America when their owners confiscated their drums.” (click on link for more)

Adventures in Multicultural Living: Body Music - AnnArbor.com

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