Big Afro-Cuban workshop at Lula, Sat Nov 27 1 pm

Before the big show at SoundAcademy… Lula Lounge is putting on an afternoon workshop that gets deep into Matanzas style… along with Havana, the docks of Matanzas are the birthplace of the rumba.

Israel “Toto” Berriel and Mario Allende from the group, Bomba lead an afternoon workshop exploring Afro-Cuban drumming and singing as it is maintained in Matanzas, Cuba. And now, Duane Wrenn (from Michigan) has been added to teach one hour of rumba dancing, accompanied by Toto and Mario on percussion.

This is a rare chance for Toronto to experience the beauty and strength of Matanzas style, Afro-Cuban folkoric music. Come and le…arn from the source, and explore how these rhythms and songs can add to your musical vocabulary.

Duane’s dance class will perfectly compliment the drumming and singing class and will allow workshop attendees to experience the three most important elements of rumba in their proper context.

All ages and levels are welcome. Drummers, bring your conga or cajón.

$25 for Drumming, singing AND Dancing (1:00 pm to 3:15pm)
$20 for Drumming and singing only (1:00pm to 2:15pm)
$15 for Dancing only (2:15pm to 3:15)

About Israel “Toto” Berriel:

Toto was born in Matanzas and began his career at age 16. He joined Afrocuba in 1988, and in 1991, began singing with Los Muñequitos de Matanzas with whom he toured internationally. Toto and Los Muñequitos were part of the Grammy winning recording “La Rumba Soy Yo” in 2006. Residing in
Canada since 2001, Toto continues to perform with Bomba and teach traditional, popular, and folkloric music in Canada and abroad.

About Mario Allende:

Born in Chile and raised in Canada, Mario is the driving force in Bomba! He mixes the drum kit, timbales, congas and myriad percussion instruments as effortlessly as he incorporates the traditional and contemporary styles that give the band their unique sound. A studied yet emotional player, Mario is restlessly creative and performs with the spirit this music demands. For the past 15 years, Mario has been traveling to Matanzas, Cuba deepening his knowledge of rhythm in one of the island’s centers of Afro-Cuban culture.

About Duane Wrenn:

Duane Wrenn, the man behind Energetic Soul Studios, is an
exuberant and exciting personality. At the turn of the millenium, one fateful night at the Rialto Theater in Tucson, duane found his true passion: Salsa. Immediately falling in love with the dance, he spent all of his spare time studying and training this sultry, yet graceful art.

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