Menard Mponda: The Rise of the Queens
Folk music and world music
The Rise of the Queens offers a unique fusion of traditional East-African dancing, elements of Afro-Brazilian capoeira and Menard Mponda's own music and choreographies. The concert was inspired by a traditional African myth about three queens of water who are said to be present in the everyday lives of women. The mythical queens represent different sides of life while water symbolizes both life and death.
Menard Mponda: "My focus is based on the movement of people as well as the common history they share. Stories, melodies, instrumentation and dance movements change when travelling from one place to another, and the concept and function of music and dance may also change within the new society. As a Global music master I am looking at how people, music and movement have traveled globally as a trial-angle (triangle) picture, particularly the movement of people from Africa to Brazil and then to Europe...and back to Africa. This is my fascination and I hope to elicit interest for the global triangle where we are living. The Queens are not simply women but also natural forces that are familiar to people all over the world."
The Rise of the Queens:
Menard Mponda, choreography, music arrangement
Jenni Kuronen-Neves, costume design
Jouni Piekkari, facial expression
Venla Pesonen, Queen Yemanjá
Catherine Knuutila-Mponda, Queen Oxum
Elina Reunanen, Queen lansã
Jenni Kuronen-Neves, Queen lansã
Glaucio Neves (berimbau), Cheick Cissokho (kora), Julia Milao, Ally Milao, Teija Autio, Marita Ratia, Minna Mustakangas, Hannakaisa Haavisto, Laura Nikula, Piia Seppälä, Timo Järvenpää, Aku Luukka, Olli Lahti, Antti Hursti, Veera Volanen, Tuulia Nieminen, Njara Rasolo & Crew, Jutta Rahmel (kantele), Senni Valtonen (kantele)
Instruments used in the concert:
Ngoma, Berimbau, kora, kantele, percussions
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