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Prepare yourself for 2019!
Back in the mid 1990s, Tempe, AZ held an annual event, The Singing of Christmas, downtown at Hayden Square. Each performer/group got to share one song, to celebrate the season.
Six of us, Sun Salad, got together to play The Little Drummer Boy.
It's a unique arrangement, with vocals by Ralo, plus banjo, didjeridu, dumbek, dunun, and zils.
Below is a raw recording made by a friend in the audience, December 17, 1995.
UPCOMING EVENTS & OFFERINGS
Ancestral Whirlwind: Percussive Music by Súle Greg Wilson - DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
In Fall of 1998, prior to flying across the Pond to spend a month in Northern Ireland on an arts residency, Súle went into the studio with family and friends to create an album that evokes the breadth and feeling of one his live, acoustic shows. Utilizing conch trumpet, udu, djembe & dunun, calabash, shekere, banjo, body, and didjeridu, in Ancestral Whirlwind we have an album that encompasses Native invocation; African songs of slavery; US story and song of the Middle Passage and Ibo's Landingl; Cuban rhythms on Ibo ceramic drums; Gospel tunes; Sea Island body percussion; even a little acoustic hip-hop, and an Aboriginal benediction.
"This music is about marriage: the spiritual joining of intent and actualization, the melding of movement and energy, the merging of the spirits of these musics' traditions, the union of Those Here with Those Beyond. We work to bring us all into that. Amen, em Hetep. Súle Greg Wilson, October, 1998"
Runaway Dream: Post African Music - DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
This collection of musical endeavors includes Old Time, Hokum, Minstrel, Shanties, Fife-&-Drum, and Blues from the U.S.; plus South African Freedom songs, Nigerian Highlife rearranged for string band; and calls for spiritual contemplation from both sides of the Atlantic. We even have a couple of originals.
We're blessed to have Dom Flemons, Mike Seeger, and Senbi Wilson as musical guests.
"This CD reflects some of what I've experienced since recording Ancestral Whirlwind in 1998--just before heading to Ireland: my girls growing up; my string band research; the Black Banjo Gathering; Sankofa Strings and the Carolina Chocolate Drops; my gigs all over the country and beyond; my growth as a storyteller--all that and more played their part in the creation of this portfolio of songs. We're so glad you stopped by! -- SGW, 2010"
One Spirit: New Moon Breath & Rhythm Centering Service on January 5, @ 7:00 p.m.. @ Interfaith CommUNITY Spiritual Center, Mesa, AZ
Let's start '19 off right! We're coming together the first New Moon of the year to breathe in peace and rhythm with like-minded folks. It's good for the body, and good for the soul. What better way to experience January?
Workshops in Chicago @ Old Town School of Folk Music with Súle Greg Wilson: 2/15-17/19
I'll be in Chicago giving dance, percussion, and banjo workshops, and leading a discussion on the heated topic of "sharing/borrowing/inspiring/cultural appropriation".
Black Banjo Repertoire--Songs and Styes; US Percussion--Rhythms and Techniques; Soft Shoe Dancing--Foundation,Vocabulary and Routine-Building; Traveling in Others' Shoes--Whose Right to Music?
K.T. & the Repeat Offenders: A "post-holiday!" Rock & Soul Party @ The Rhythm Room, Saturday 1/26/18, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Join the rockin' 12-piece Soul band, fronted by dynamite vocalist, Katherine Todd, for an ALL-AGES dance party! Get up and jam to Aretha, Adele, Pharrell, EWF, Stevie, Tina, Etta, Bro. Ray, Carlos, Van Morrison, Bruno Mars, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, and more! A dance floor and a bar inside; a food truck outside. What more do we need?
This show is will rock, so come on out!!
Tickets are $10; $5 for students. Children 12 and under are free, with a parent.