Workshop Session 5 – The Participants Delve Deeper

With just 3 months to go before the big show, let’s find out what we got up to this week…

This week’s workshop (03/03/2014) gave us all the chance to delve deeper into the inspiration behind the final live Congolese heritage musical production taking place on June 28 2014.

In groups, participants were invited to read through one of the many untold stories captured by authentic people of the Congolese community in phase one of the LISAPO project. As a team they were then encouraged to discuss, brainstorm and think of ways they would like to see the most interesting points from the stories brought to life in the final production – whether through drama, dance or song!

Participants in deep discussion...

Participants in deep discussion…

After a successful brainstorming session, and a well deserved break, participants and volunteers then regrouped to share their somewhat unusual findings. Without giving too much away this was a very useful part of the session, especially for non-Congolese natives such as myself! It gave a real insight into everyday life in the DRC for a diverse array of people e.g. a male funeral director, a young woman, a young man separated from his family etc. The mixture of emotions represented through the accounts ranged from amusing, shocking to heart-rending: all sentiments of which we aim to portray in the final performance.



Before all of this serious thinking of course, the workshop kicked off with something I look forward to every week – the warm up with Tyndale (Musical Director)!  This week Tyndale had created yet another crazy musical game (in a circle of course), which involved a clever way of getting to know one another.   In sequence, one by one, we were instructed to stomp our feet, clap our hands and then shout our name. The rest of the group then repeated the name back “in unison”.  Well, needless to say, after many attempts, much confusion and laughter, we got it right, subsequently creating a cool,  funky rhythm!  Following this we also sang one of my favourite Tyndale songs: “It’s so high you cant get over it…”  – we sounded good!

Warm-up time!

Warm-up time!

The session ended with Emmanuela (Musical Assistant/Vocalist) leading the group with the song  which has kind of become our session signature tune – Indépendance Cha cha – Congolese Independence song. This was backed by the smooth sounds of percussionist Pat (Musical Assistant/Percussionist) & Co.

Our next workshop is taking place on Monday 10th March, 18:00, at Federation House Manchester, want to get involved? Come along!