PARADE Meninas de Sinhá + Ghetto Classics

Wednesday 18.07.2018
The Old CIty Park, Promenada Staromiejska

free entry

Main programme
phot. Pedro David
Brazil / Kenya

A joint music parade of the young musicians from Kenyan Ghetto Classics and Brazilian group Meninas de Sinhá.

Ghetto Classics is an amateur symphonic orchestra established by Elizabeth Njoroge, which comprises children and teenagers from Korogocho, the biggest slum in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. Its founder, having returned to Kenya from abroad, set up The Art of Music, an organization which offers free music lessons to children from slums.  It all started with a group of teenagers and borrowed instruments; today, it is an orchestra of 80 people, and about 650 music students take lessons in  Korogocho and the surrounding areas. Under the supervision of professional musicians, they learn the classical repertoire from Bach to Brahms, as well as traditional African compositions, or film scores by Hans Zimmer.

Meninas de Sinhá isa a music group representing the movement called Meninas de Sinhá which was created thanks to Valdete Cordeiro, a social activist working with people from the poor district of Alto Vera. She realized how many elderly black women around her, usually former maids or physical workers, were struggling with depression. The cure for their ails proved to be weekly meetings. The women were brought together by talking about shared problems, and soon also by dancing and singing old songs called cantigas de roda. Music has become the main means of their artistic expression because it allows them to throw away their tormenting sadness and turn it into energy and strength, to regain their will to live, or even to transform their lives.

A joint performance of Meninas de Sinhá and Ghetto Classics is a true intergenerational encounter which will surely become a uniquely energetic and vibrant music event open for all the inhabitants of Wrocław.