Studium Generale lecture - Leendert van der Valk + special act by Ella John

Music journalist Leendert van der Valk will talk about the immense but largely forgotten and neglected influence of West-African voodoo on modern music. Following up the lecture, a performance by rapster Ella John.

part 1: Lecture: Voodoo Music

When we hear the word ‘voodoo’ we usually think of pins and dolls, black magic and other negative images brought to us by a century of Hollywood films. But that image is complete nonsense. Voodoo is actually a common spiritual belief practiced by millions of people worldwide. And it is gaining popularity, especially among musicians. Music journalist Leendert van der Valk will talk about the immense but largely forgotten and neglected influence of West-African voodoo on modern music. He will take the listener on a trip from New Orleans via the Caribbean to West-Africa and color this journey with examples of music in modern hiphop and pop to jazz, blues, funk and afro beat. Along this musical trip you will learn more about the essence of voodoo, its connection to music and the role of slave trade in spreading the Voodoo Gods all over the world.Find out what Beyoncé has to do with the ancient river Goddess Oshun and how the Dutch jazz sound was influenced by Surinamese winti spirits.

Studium Generale lecture by Leendert van der Valk
Studium Generale poster and promo video designed by Dayna Casey, alumna KABK Graphic Design

Bio – Leendert van der Valk (TheHague,1980) is a freelance journalist specialized in African and Afro-Caribbean music and culture. He writes for NRC Handelsblad, nrc.next, Jazzism, Trouw and other media. In 2011 he wrote a book called Duivels muziek about his bicycle trip from Memphis toNew Orleans, a trip down the history of blues, jazz, funk and soul. His latest book Voudou. From New Orleans toCotonou on the Rhythm of the Gods was published in 2017. In it Leendert investigates the immense but often neglected influence of West-African voodoo on modern music. The book takes the reader from New Orleans via Haiti and Surinam to Togo and Benin.

part 2: Ella John - Special act

Rapster Ella John (Zaandam) - Upcoming, swinging, heartbreaking!

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Datum

29 maart 2018 16.00 - 17:30

Locatie

Auditorium KABK

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After Van der Valk’s lecture, Rapster Ella John (Zaandam) performs a special act: Upcoming, swinging, heartbreaking!