Rob Shipster

Musician and workshop leader will be joining us with two fascinating workshops to try out.

1. Kudu Horns

The style is from central Africa: Uganda Cameroon Rwanda. Unlike the cachophonous royal ashanti horn players of Ghana, this horn playing is groovy and melodic.
Two identical sets on 6 curly Kudu horns in D pentatonic, from low to high in pitch.
Workshop can be roughly up to 20 people. Some can play shakers, clap or have a rest from blowing. But can also have just 6 people. Initially difficult to get first note, but that'll take 5 minutes.
Easy to get music going: 3 parts are easy, 3 parts more syncopated, but once the note can be blown, I'm sure all drum campers will have no problem getting the polyphonic groove going nicely.

2. Nyanga panpipes

The Nyanga pipes are from Mozambique. This is probably the most rare and incredible-sounding music Rob has ever encountered.

The Nyanga Pipes are originally from Nyungwe around Tete, but for 50 years the revolution has broken ensembles of 50 people to ensembles of just 10 or less. One or two ethnomusicologists teach it, but that's it. It's rarely played in Mozambique if at all. But the music is truly amazing and made the hair stand up on the arms and neck when Rob first heard it.

The Ensemble is made up of 9 different parts up the octave, each part is a four pipe panpipes, and the same pipes down the octave. That's 18 pipes. The high pipes I also have another set of. Plus there's a women's choir of 2 parts. So singing is involved. The Ensemble comes together in perfect polyphony creating a happy and uplifting cadence that goes round and round, with regular pauses for the MC. But it's not just the interesting sound of panpipes: Nyanga is an energetic dance with many possible dance steps. The MC will call the steps.

Rob’s dream is to have an Ensemble of 50 people playing this almost extinct music once again. This could well be possible. In the meantime the music works well in an Ensemble of 15. Both Nyanga and kudu horns are very new to WMW Festival this year and we absolutely are looking forward to what comes out of these workshops over the weekend.

Year Contributions
2018 Workshops