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A Rhythmic Tour of the African Continent

Ivory Coast natives Seguenon Kone and Boubacar Cissoko provide a unique and informative program hilighting the role of the drum in African culture. Students will learn about the origins of various native percussion instruments, how they are played, and how to repair a broken drum. They will hear an African song and be able to play drums themselves while examining the cultural roots of rhythms and dances. The duo is able to adapt to school needs, focusing on one region of Africa or touring the continent.

Artist

Topsy Chapman

Cost

Single: $295 | Double: $500

Technical Needs

There are no technical needs necessary for this performance offering

Study Guide

No study guide is currently available online for this performance offering

About Topsy Chapman

Topsy grew up in Kentwood, Louisiana. She became partial to music at an early age due to the fact that her father was a vocal music instructor. After high school she moved to New Orleans where she developed a gospel group, The Chapmans, which performed at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, for many clubs and organizations in and around the New Orleans area, and also for German radio in Cologne and Bohn Germany. She composed and arranged original material for the group.

As one of the original cast members of the of Broadway hit "One Mo’ Time", Topsy Chapman gained national and international recognition. The show played New York’s Village Gate, London’s West End and toured most of Europe. The cast album was nominated for a Grammy.  Topsy constructed the vocal harmony arrangements for the show. She was also cast as Elenora in the production of "Staggerlee", which played at the New Orleans’ Toulouse Street Theatre.

Ms. Chapman has toured all of Europe, Asia and Australia, including France, Germany, Holland,  Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, England, Spain, Bermuda, the Bahamas,  Finland, Denmark, and Norway.In addition, she has traveled the Americas and Canada  performing gospel, traditional and Dixieland Jazz. She has performed for the Delta Steamboat Company on their cruise lines and has toured with the Magnolia Jazz Band and the Blues Serenaders, with whom she recorded. She has also recorded with artist such as Willie Humphrey, Chester Zardis, Alvin Stardust, Geoff Bull, Louie Nelson, Fred Coleman, Orange Kellin, The New Orleans Jazz Ladies (vol. 1&2), Jeanette Kimball, Lars Edegran, Jim Cullum Jazz Band, New Orleans Rascals from Japan, and Nicholas Payton. She has performed with the most talented Butch Thompson, Dick Hyman, Herb Ellis and Bob Haggart.

She performed for the Democratic Party, the Queen of England and the Duke of Edinburgh  and appeared on Australia's "Midday" show. She has also appeared on several occasions on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion."

In addition, Topsy has appeared in publications such as Time, Ebony and Jet magazines and has received rave reviews in the New York Times, New York Post, Daily News, Variety, Times Picayune, and Lagniappe publications. She recently toured Japan with her group  the Chapman Singers, currently known as Solid Harmony and John Brunious’ Jazz Band. 
Ms. Chapman has charmed and endeared herself to crowds all over the world with her authentic style and clear melodious voice.  To hear her is a pure delight for people of all ages.

 

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Audience for this Offering

Grade Level/s

PreK
Kindergarten
1st Grade
2nd Grade
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade
6th Grade
7th Grade
8th Grade
9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade
12th Grade

Curriculum/s

African American Studies
Multicultural Studies
Second Language
Social Studies

Art Genre/s

Music

Format/s

Performance
 
   
 
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