From time to time, the African Choir of Norfolk invites artistic directors to come and inspire the Choir, introducing us to different songs and new techniques.
We are so pleased to announce our latest guest artistic director Jose Ferrera.
When the Cuban maestro came to teach us some Yoruba songs of his ancestors on Wednesday 29th September, the inspiration was mutual. The energy in the room was incredible, with songs, drumming and dance, of course.
Jose will make a guest appearance on our launch night Friday 22nd of October as part of the Hostry Festival African choir of Norfolk Project!
About Jose Ferrera
Respected Drummer from Guantanamo, Cuba. Earning great renown for his part in the ‘Danza Libre’ Dance Troupe, Jose is also manager of his own folkloric percussion and dance group. Known as ‘Ara Y Rawa’ in the African Yoruba Language, the group’s name roughly translates as ‘Land of Stars.’
He has worked throughout England – performing at the WOMAD festival and been involved in recordings for the BBC’s Radio 3.
Jose specializes in Yoruba and Haitian drumming as well as popular music of Cuba including Salsa, the Rhumba, the Mambo and especially the Conga. His percussion instruments include the Batar, Tomba, Cahore, Claves, Chekere, Campana and Cata.