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On Tuesday, April 28, Rabbi Gershom Sizomu of the Abayudaya community of Uganda spent a lovely morning in Philadelphia playing music in Hebrew, English and Luganda for All Around This World families, kids from the Children’s Community School, and friends from Kol-Tzedek synagogue and JKidPhilly.
Gershom is a superstar! Not only is he the Rabbi of a fascinating community of African Jews but he is also the co-composer of “We Are Happy,” which opens and closes every single All Around This World class. Even though we think about Gershom every day when we enjoy his music, we want Gershom to visit us in person again and again.
This Earth Day, April 22nd, my friend and co-multicultural musical educator Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou joined me at the Philadelphia Montessori Charter School to make our own African sekeres and join several groups of percussionists online, acting as the Philadelphia site for Don “The JunkMan” Knaack’s annual Global Junk Jam. In tune with The JunkMan’s Earth-friendly mission, almost thirty 6-9 year-olds from Ms. Josloff’s classroom we made our instruments out of pre-used containers, then joined Don and other drummers in places around the U.S., including a touring Irish percussion ensemble, live through GoogleHangouts to jam together. Thanks to Don for the invitation and to PMCS for hosting the jam!
Many thanks to everyone who came out to the Rotunda in West Philadelphia for an All Around This World concert and Tweetathon on Sunday, April 12th. There was singing, dancing, video-debuting, and even some live tweeting. See the event as it unfolded through the eyes of Twitter.
Huzzah! A banner day for the All Around This World: Africa Classroom CD. Stay tuned for release of even more African music from AATW — a full-on double CD with 32 songs from all over the continent, coming to you some time in May.
Philadelphia friends! Come out to the Rotunda in West Philly this Sunday, April 12th, at 10am, for some MUSICAL MERRIMENT. Join me for an all-request sing-along — call out your favorite songs and I’ll gladly oblige — and also enjoy debuts of a handful of videos from All Around This World’s brand new YouTube channel, some of which star your kids. And get this. Everyone who comes to the show will be able to get on the “free forever” list for my new online learning program, “Explore Everywhere,” which will launch this spring. The free offer ends on April 15th.
Bring your smartphones! Usually I ask everyone in my crowd to put away your technological devices and just join your kids where they are, in real life, in the moment, but Sunday will be a bit different. During the event we’ll have a great time together but I’ll also ask you to connect with your friends around the world. You’ll not only tell them you’re having a musical mid-day at the Rotunda, you’ll also remind them they can sign up for the online program and get the freebie too.
The Rotunda is at 4014 Walnut. The show is free free free. See you Sunday.
So much fun learning a Ghanaian dance today (Saturday, April 4th) with Adwoa Tacheampong at an All Around This World African dance workshop for families at International House Philly.
We started with the Akan attention-getting call and response chant — the leader calls AGO! and everyone responds AME! According to the trusty internet we have Dr. Chuck Davis, the Artistic Director of the African American Dance Ensemble which is currently located in Durham, North Carolina, to thank for popularizing Ago!/Ame! in the U.S. Whether or not that’s true, and whether or not you’re an artistic director of your very own African-American dance ensemble, try it — it works.
Join AATW Philadelphia at 2pm on Saturday, April 4th, for an African dance and movement workshop with the wonderful Adwoa Tachampong:
Adwoa presented an African dance workshop as part of one of the first All Around This World events ever — a day of diverse African cultural workshops I co-sponsored with Crossroads Music way back in 2010 called “Kids Explore Africa.” Our kids were all so tiny then!
Click here for a very pretty pdf listing the many upcoming All Around This World Philly workshops and events.
Big things are about to happen for All Around This World.
Over the last few months I’ve been developing a new version of the program that will take All Around This World beyond a few local classrooms and make the dynamic multimedia content available to everyone, everywhere, on a daily basis. I’m calling it “Explore Everywhere.” You can check it out here. I’ve been testing out content for the last couple months on a small set of brave subscribers and I’m excited about the results. I’m now eager to open subscriptions to the public…though not quite yet. Watch this space and stay tuned for dates, timelines and an upcoming freebie deal that will be an offer you can’t refuse.
Do you listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show? If not, you must!
The Hilltown Family Variety Show is a fascinating radio program and podcast that entertains and educates you and your kids by inviting a different guest dj each week to create an hour-long program based on his or her favorite musical theme. Recent guests include Nick Deysher of The Nick of Time whose program, “Kickin’ It Old School,” treated listeners to an eclectic variety of American music genres like big band Jazz, Americana and classic rock, Tito Uquillas of the band, The Hipwaders, whose hour featured music from San Francisco Bay Area family bands, and my personal favorite, Andrés Salguero of ¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés!., whose podcast introducing Latin American music will bring a musical smile to your face.
I was delighted when Hilltown Family Variety Show host Sienna Wildfield invited me to join this illustrious group of musical guests with my own tour of African music, traveling with listeners all over the continent — north and south, east and west. Tune in to 103.3FM WXOJ on Northampton, MA, on Saturday, January 31st, from 9-10am to listen to some of my favorite African artists, and give a special sneak preview of songs in styles like Guinean drumming, Cape Verdean samba and Ugandan kadongo kamu that will appear on the upcoming CD, All Around This World: Africa.
If you miss the live broadcast you can find the archived podcasts any time at https://hilltownfamilies.wordpress.com/hfvs/.