Ingoma Nshya © Joep Lennaerts

Chants de deuil, chants de vie (2012)

Ingoma Nshya - Initiatives féminines // Odaya

May 11 and 12, 2012

May 11 and 12, 2012

« (…) eight Rwandese women to take power of the holy tambourine of the past, what used to be reserved for men and the Mwami court only; to say the unspeakable of their offended heart… »
Koulsy Lamko, The Power of Culture, 2008

Chants de deuil, chants de vie is a gathering of thirteen women percussionists from two continents. This premiere performance unites the artists of Odaya and Ingoma Nshya in their Canadian debut. A conversation between the traditional and non-traditional, Chants de deuil, chants de vie bridges ancestral cultures and presents a resolutely avant-garde, cross-cultural experience. The percussive rhythms of each group will be accompanied by a capella and polyphonic chants incorporated from a range of Rwandan songbooks and “conversations with the Dead”.

In collaboration with Engrenage Noir/LEVIER

Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12, 2012
8 pm
Box Office: 514 982-3386
MAI Box Office hours: From Tuesday to Saturday, 3 pm to 6 pm

$20 / Regular
$18 / Reduced
$15 / Groups (10 and more)
$12 / School Groups

Know as the “Amazons of percussion,” Ingoma Nshya, the very first Rwandan women percussionists, flout all taboos and beat a rhythm of survival. Founded by Odile Gakire Katese in collaboration with the University Centre for Arts and Drama in Butare, Ingoma Nshya gives a unique voice to hope and resilience. The collective has toured extensively in South Africa, the Netherlands and the United States.

Odaya is a group of five young female drummers who come from five different Aboriginal nations: Anishinabe (Algonquin), Wendat (Huron), Kanienkehaka (Mohawk), Innu and Ojibway (Saulteaux). In 2008, audiences were treated to an Odaya performance at Domagaya, a convergence of Aboriginal peoples and the digital arts organized by the Society for Arts and Technology for Quebec City’s 400th anniversary.

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