Afro-Cuban Folkloric Ensemble

Jean-Christophe Leroy, Director

The Afro-Cuban Folkloric Ensemble will explore this unique musical tradition which is still practiced today in Cuba. This African diaspora-based music and culture is a living example of how art is can be a manifestation of the human desire to stay connected to one’s roots, ancestors, belief system, and home, even in the darkest of situations. Born of deep African origins, this form involves hand drumming, percussion and singing.

In lieu of auditions, the Afro-Cuban Folkloric Ensemble will host an open house for interested musicians on October 5, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. CT via Zoom. Undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff are all invited to participate. Community members who are interested in the art, culture, and music of the region are also welcome. All participants work together to make music while utilizing and expanding their own personal skills. There are no requirements regarding prior musical background required to participate in the ensemble.

The Afro-Cuban Folkloric Ensemble rehearses on Monday evenings, 7:00-8:30 p.m.