What Does Liberation Sound Like?

Restorative justice advocates often look to the traditional African concept of ubuntu (which has varied translations related to human connectivity) to ground their movement toward progressive incarceration alternatives. Similarly, the mbira (pronounced em-BEE-ra), a family of musical instruments native to the Shona people of Zimbabwe, hold history and knowledge that can inspire us. Traditionally played to call the ancestors, the mbira became instruments of resistance to colonial rule and a source of sonic resilience during Zimbabwe’s liberation movements. How might the mbira—building them, playing them, making music with them together—help us find our own sounds of liberation? Workshop from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Public sharing from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.

This free workshop will be held at The Cannery in South Penobscot and is limited to 12-15 participants. No instrument-building or music-making experience necessary. All materials will be provided. Lunch will be provided, too! The organizers kindly request that all participants be vaccinated against COVID-19, with limited exceptions made for participants with legitimate medical conditions (in which case, masking and physical distancing will be required). For more information, and to sign up, please contact: info@cannerysouthpenobscot.org