The upcoming Family Sunday, on April 15th, 2012, will feature African style shakers (Shekeres) (pronounced SHAY-ker-ray), led by Ruth and Martin Japtok. Create your own shekere out of a California-grown gourd. Add shells, beads, rice or beans to a gourd to produce a shekere. If time allows, some may have a chance to decorate their gourds or to personalize them before turning them into a simple, fun-to-play traditional African instrument.
Shekeres are played in several parts of the world. In some parts of Africa they play a major role in music and are a great accompaniment to several dances. Today, shekeres are used by world music performers all over the globe. Ruth, the woman leading the shekere making, recently opened an African/International Arts & Crafts, Jewelry & Home Decor boutique on Adams Avenue in Normal Heights. Click HERE to visit her website.
Click HERE for more information about Mingei’s Family Sunday. We’ve truly enjoyed the Family Sunday’s we’ve attended, and you can’t beat $5 for the family! Perhaps we’ll see you there!
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