Jean-Christophe Leroy, leader of the Afro-Cuban Folkloric Ensemble at UChicago, hosts an open house for interested students.
The Afro-Cuban Folkloric Ensemble will explore this unique musical tradition which is still practiced today in Cuba. This African diaspora-based music and culture is a living example of how art is can be a manifestation of the human desire to stay connected to one’s roots, ancestors, belief system, and home, even in the darkest of situations. Born of deep African origins, this form involves hand drumming, percussion and singing.
Undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in the Afro-Cuban Folkloric Ensemble. Community members who are interested in the art, culture, and music of the region are also welcome. All participants work together to make music while utilizing and expanding their own personal skills. There are no requirements regarding prior musical background required to participate in the ensemble.