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Musical Workshop: The Soul of Zimbabwean Shona Mbira Music

Musical Workshop – The Soul of Zimbabwean Shona Mbira Music

Feat. Tiga Jean Baptiste

Date: May 8th, 2015

Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Location: 14A Washington Mews, New York, 10003

On May 8th, 2015, in conjunction with NYU Africa House, Tiga Jean-Baptiste held a musical workshop centered on “The Soul of Zimbabwean Shona Mbira Music.” The workshop was free and open to the public

Tiga Jean-Baptiste is a multi-talented and accomplished young Haitian musician. Born into a family deeply rooted in traditional Afro-Haitian music, Tiga is continuing his family legacy, while embracing the music of other lands. Tiga began drumming beside his father Bonga, a master of the Haitian drum. He accompanied Bonga throughout the Haitian countryside, learning many different regional drumming styles. While in his early teens, Tiga studied jazz with renowned Haitian jazz saxophonist Thurgot Theodat from whom he quickly learned circular breathing techniques that enhanced his skills on Haitian bamboo, tin horns (called vaksinn koné),  and the didjeridoo. Within a few short years of picking up the Shona Mbira, Tiga exhibited such skill and mastery he caught the attention of Zimbabwe’s greatest experts at the Shona Mbira, Thomas Mapfumo and Stella Chiweshe, with whom he performed and trained with, respectively. He has already established himself as an illustrious sideman and session musician. To date, Tiga has performed with Grace Jones, Urban Tap, Emeline Michele, John Legend, Jean-Paul Bourelly, Mozayik and Buyu Ambroise in addition to his core membership in Bonga & the Vodou Drums of Haiti. In 2000, he was invited to Japan with the Tet Kale Orchestra. Tiga is a teaching artist with the non-profit organization Global Kids and has been a featured accompanist with Wyclef Jean, Pat Hall Dance, Urban Tap and Jean-Leon Destine.