Gnawa Yinga is a collaboration between a trio of musical masters. Simo Lagnawi specialises in guembri, a three stringed plucked lute about the size of a guitar, and the qraqeb, steel castanets used by the Gnawa of Morocco for entertainment, special events and ritual ceremonies. Percussion comes from djembe master, Abdoulaye Sanfo, with Alain Rouamba on the dundun and calabash. They trio met in 2009, and have developed a fusion of sacred Gnawa songs and rhythms with Burkina Faso songs and dance rhythms that revisit and rework traditional folk tales of Gnawa wisdom.
Gnawa Yinga is the first of the series of four Sounds Green open air cushion concert proms brought to the Botanic Garden by the Cambridge Summer Music Festival every Wednesday this July. Each one starts at 6.15pm and offers an hour of vibrant music in glorious surroundings. Normal Garden admission applies, and concert goers are asked to make a ‘pay as you like’ contribution for the musicians. Sounds Green proms take place on the Main Lawn and visitors are encouraged to bring along a small folding chair or cushion to sit on – and to check the weather forecast to see if a brolly and raincoat may be required for the English summer! The Garden Café and Shop will be open, but visitors are welcome to bring their own picnics also.
Evening openings are kindly supported by Mills & Reeve and is part of the University of Cambridge’s Museums Connecting Collections programme funded by the Arts Council England. Coming up......
Sounds Green II, Wednesday 11 July, 6.15pm
Regulars at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Three Dimensional Jazz will present a programme of favourite jazz standards complete with a driving rhythm section. Expect some spectacular improvisation.
Sounds Green III, Wednesday 18 July, 6.15pm
Trovador is a flamenco fusion quartet with influences from Brazilian and classical music, providing an expressive performance full of rhythm, passion and grace.
Sounds Green IV, Wednesday 25 July, 6.15pm
The Aurora Trio is a young and versatile group (flute, clarinet and bassoon) bringing a programme of Mozart, Bach, Gershwin, Joplin and Mendelssohn.
The Garden closes at 8pm on Sounds Green evenings.