Tag: African Music

Ancestral Connections

It is with great gratitude that I welcome the launch of Ancestral Connections, 2024! The aim of Ancestral Connections is to awaken the connections of people to their ancestral roots through the power of traditional African music, rhythm, sound, and cultural experience. The individual “awakenings” sessions and extended-series “xingombela” sessions offer individuals who have been …

Presenting Phulani by Nyttu Chongo, 7/26/2024

I am very excited to share that tickets are now on sale for my upcoming show, Phulani, at the Ordway in Saint Paul, Minnesota. This performance is both a celebration and a mourning of our connections to each other and our ancestors across space and time. Humanity has great opportunities and great challenges to overcome, …

YourClassical MPR Class Notes for the 2023-2024 Season

Mikaela Marget and I are beginning our third year teaching as a duo called Heliopsis. This year, we will be changing up the instruments that we use and the style of our teaching, bringing in more storytelling and the African string instruments with greater emphasis. We will continue to play original music for various traditional …

Named a McKnight Fellowship for Musician Finalist

I am grateful to have been selected as one of none finalists under consideration for a McKnight Musician Fellowship in 2023. Although I was not selected to receive the financial support, I am honored to have been recognized for my unique musical voice and the contribution I wish to continue to bring to my community. …

An Evening of Art and Music

  As part of his Global Music Initiative residency with MacPhail Center for Music, Nyttu Chongo will be performing a community show at the North Suburban Center for the Arts in Fridley, Minnesota from 6:30-7:30PM on Thursday July 21st. Please come to this free, intimate performance held in an art gallery. To learn more about …

Echoes of Africa: An Experience with Iconic and Disappearing African Instruments with Nyttu Chongo

Nyttu Chongo is offering a 4-week workshop series of “xingombela jam sessions” on African improvisation as part of his community programming as a MacPhail Global Music Initiative Artist in Residence. This series of musical tutorials will cover creative musicianship on the Mbira Dzava Dzimu, Mbira Nyunga Nyunga, Xitende, and Timbila of Mozambique. These Tuesday evening …

Echoes of Africa: An Experience with Iconic and Disappearing African Instruments with Nyttu Chongo

Nyttu Chongo is offering a 4-week workshop series of “xingombela jam sessions” on African improvisation as part of his community programming as a MacPhail Global Music Initiative Artist in Residence. This series of musical tutorials will cover creative musicianship on the Mbira Dzava Dzimu, Mbira Nyunga Nyunga, Xitende, and Timbila of Mozambique. These Tuesday evening …

Echoes of Africa: An Experience with Iconic and Disappearing African Instruments with Nyttu Chongo

Nyttu Chongo is offering a 4-week workshop series of “xingombela jam sessions” on African improvisation as part of his community programming as a MacPhail Global Music Initiative Artist in Residence. This series of musical tutorials will cover creative musicianship on the Mbira Dzava Dzimu, Mbira Nyunga Nyunga, Xitende, and Timbila of Mozambique. These Tuesday evening …

Echoes of Africa: An Experience with Iconic and Disappearing African Instruments with Nyttu Chongo

Nyttu Chongo is offering a 4-week workshop series of “xingombela jam sessions” on African improvisation as part of his community programming as a MacPhail Global Music Initiative Artist in Residence. This series of musical tutorials will cover creative musicianship on the Mbira Dzava Dzimu, Mbira Nyunga Nyunga, Xitende, and Timbila of Mozambique. These Tuesday evening …