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Ancestral Connections

November 14 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Ancestral Connections

Ancestral Connections awakens the connections of people to their ancestral roots through the power of traditional African music, rhythm, sound, and cultural experience. This series of three powerful sessions offer individuals who have been disconnected from their forefathers—either forcibly or by culture, distance, and time—a safe and inviting space in which they can rediscover and reground their deepest identities. Nyttu Chongo creates a reflective, meditative space utilizing a number of traditional African instruments native to Sub-Saharan Africa as the centerpiece of the auditory experience of Ancestral Connections: Mbira Nyunga Nyunga, Mbira Dzava Dzimu, Xitende, and the Chopi Timbila—a UNESCO Intangible Heritage of Humanity instrument native to Mozambique. As a musician, culture bearer, and teacher, Chongo invites individuals into the experiences of their own bodies in response to sound and mindful relaxation, and creates space for exploration of self and identity in connection to those who came before. Please feel welcome to join for one, two, or all three sessions of Ancestral Connections.

What to expect
The majority of this event spent will be in meditative introspection and ancestral connection guided through acoustic traditional African instruments. Participants will be welcomed to make themselves comfortable, move, or play along with the music, responding as the music and experience guides. To close each session, the group will be guided in focused conversation to unpack the experience individually and as a collective.

About this series
This event takes place over 3 separate sessions. Each offering is similar but may differ slightly based on participants, but it is not required that you attend all 3 sessions. You are welcome to attend as many sessions as you would like!

November 7 Session

November 12 Session

November 14 Session


November 14
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Lakewood Cemetery
3600 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408 United States
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(612) 822-2171
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Lakewood Cemetery
(612) 822-2171
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