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Pan-African Singing Workshops – Sat & Sun 3/5-6

Pine Lake City Arts is hosting a wonderful, world class African
singing workshop this weekend. Please come join us!
Info below.
Questions? Call/email Elise (404) 297-8398

presented by City Arts of Pine Lake GA

City Arts of Pine Lake GA is thrilled to announce 2 workshops with
internationally reknowned African vocal music expert Dr. Fred
Onovwerosuoke (Ghana/Nigeria)
http://www.africanchorus.org/fredo/index.html and his colleagues
Ablawa Reine (Benin Republic)
http://www.africanchorus.org/Artists/Reine.htm and Ebenezer Allotey
(Ghana) at the Pine Lake Clubhouse, 300 Clubhouse Drive in Pine Lake
GA 30072. The all-day Saturday March 5 workshop is open to and
appropriate for everyone who loves to sing and is eager to learn more
about the rich cultural heritage of African music. Saturday’s
workshop will include a pot luck lunch. The half-day Sunday Jan. 25
is designed especially for Choral Directors, Music Teachers, and
Community Song Leaders, though everyone is welcome. Both workshops
are offered on a Sliding Scale basis ($30-80 per workshop), so please
come and pay what you can, being affordable and generous!

SAT. MAR. 5 * 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Participants in the Saturday workshop PAN-AFRICAN SINGING & DANCE FOR
EVERYONE, will spend a day immersing themselves in the complex
rhythms and rich harmonies of African vocal music, covering
repertoire from all over Africa and the diaspora. No prior experience
or music reading is required to thoroughly enjoy this exciting day of
singing and dance. Participants will come away with new songs to sing
in their communities, as well as a deepened understanding of the
incredibly rich panorama of African vocal music.

SUN. MAR. 6 * 1:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Participants in the Sunday workshop PAN-AFRICAN SINGING & DANCE FOR
away with a cache of 4-5 songs to use with their choirs and choruses.
Dr. Onovwerosuoke, Mr. Allotey, and Ms. Reine will help participants
feel confident to use this beloved music from Africa with choral
groups, by grounding participants in each song’s Pronunciation,
Layers of Meaning, Rhythm, Vocal Style, and Cultural Context. The
workshop leaders are experts at teaching non-Africans how to use this
dynamic music with groups, maintaining its authenticity, while making
it accessible for global audiences. Sunday’s workshop is especially
useful for leaders of choirs and choruses, but is open to anyone who
wants to deepen their understanding of this rich cultural heritage.
Teachers who take both workshops are eligible for CEU credits.
Contact for details.

Sliding Scale: $30-80 per day (please be affordable & generous)
Send check to: EMWorld Records, PO Box 148, Pine Lake GA 30072
Free housing available for out of town participants. Please contact

INFO: (404) 297-8398

“What a beautiful human and what a beautiful voice. His songs are
like prayers.”
Workshop participant
“The workshop deepened my appreciation and understanding of African
music and culture.”
Teacher participant
“I’m not too much of a singer, but this workshop got me singing
passionately, and that’s the highest praise I can give!”
Workshop participant

http://www.africanchorus.org/fredo/index.html is one of the world’s
most consulted authorities on African vocal music. Fred O, as he is
affectionately known to his students and colleagues, was born in
Ghana to Nigerian parents. He is fluent in French, English, and
several African languages, and travels extensively in Africa and
around the world. Listed in International Who’s Who in Classical
Music and chronicled in the Marquis 2005 Who’s Who in America, he
maintains an active schedule as conductor, lecturer, and presenter of
African choral music, including the 6th World Choral Symposium in
Minneapolis, the Toronto International Choral Festival, and the Coro
Municipal Juiz de Fora in Brazil. Some of his writings include
“Contemplating African Choral Music: Insights for Non-Indigenous and
Foreign Conductors” (ACDA Choral Journal, May 2002) and “Faqs and
Myths about African Music.” He is editor of the Voice of African
Music (a quarterly newsletter on African music), a trustee of the
International Consortium for Music of African & its Diaspora, and has
served as adjunct professor of African & African-American Music at
Webster University, St. Louis. Fred O is loved and revered by all who
come in contact with him for his generous nature, his zest for life
and art, and his deep love and vast knowledge of the music of Africa.

Joining Dr. Onovwerosuoke for the workshops in Pine Lake will be
ABLAWA REINE http://www.africanchorus.org/Artists/Reine.htm Simply
known as “Reine”(Queen) to her friends, Ablawa Reine has a
fascination with singing and dance and a deep love and knowledge of
the notable traditional custodians in the villages around her
hometown Ouida, in the Benin Republic. “I like all kinds of music,”
she says, ” but the traditional songs touch my innermost soul as no
other genre does.” The rituals, the ceremonials, the call and
responses are among her staples. And she is quick to recount numerous
childhood stories told by her grandmother and other elders in the
family. “Many of my songs were learned in those formative years.” And
she still sings them today. As Assistant Director of the Children’s
Choir of Benin, her expert rapport with children and adults alike
elicit both love and discipline. It was her role as lead soloist, her
dexterity with stylistic nuances,and breadth of knowledge of Africa’s
numerous song traditions that immediately endeared her to African
Chorus directors, who for long scouted for African female
instructors. Reine’s residency with the African Choral Music
Workshops began in 2006 in Ghana and has continued since then in the
United States. In addition to her duties as dance/choral instructor
she serves as Cultural Exchange Consultant & Artistic Liaison at the
St. Louis African Chorus.

EBENEZER ALLOTEY is from Ghana, West Africa and has worked as a
choral director for several choirs in Ghana. He is the founder,and
the first Director for the TEMA YOUTH CHOIR, one of Ghana’s premier
choral groups. He currently serves as Music Director for the Ghana
Calvary Methodist Church, Irvington, NJ, while continuing to source
partnerships between US groups and his beloved Tema Youth Choir of

First Friday – Fri 8/6 at 8pm

Ahoy Neighbors!

I wanted to give ya’ll a head s up that First Friday returns in August with *The Serenaders. As often happens this group keeps popping up in items Im reading about or listed on the roster of upcoming events.

‘Barton Caplan and Joel Glogowski formed the Serenaders after packing up the Geo and touring the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. All the greats (Willie, Dolly, Merle, George, and all the Hanks) prodded them toward discovering their country roots. Joel’s got the biggest classic country music collection this side of Peco, and in addition to stand-up, upright, and double bass, he also plays banjo and guitar. Barton specializes in playing big fat open chords and writing the songs. Danny creates irresistible riffs and noteworthy hooks on his flying V.’

Please mark your calenders and invite your friends for an evening here at the beach house to help welcome these talented guys to the community.

August 6th 8 pm -10pm Beach house
cold drinks-ice coffee~snacks~Eva’s homemade treat
5$ donation appreciated

Pine Lake Theater Camp

Our 3rd summer camp for kids begins on Monday the 14th of June and finishes on the 25th with a performance for the community at 4pm. Mark your calendars and plan to come out for this one-of-a-kind performance by the children.

Our daily schedule M-F is 8:30-3:30 in the Beach house. Camp swimming hour in the lake is from 11-12. The beach remains open to all during camp hours, just keep in mind that when all 30 kids are swimming, the beach is quite full.

Please set aside the following items for camp if you have them:
Cardboard boxes/large pieces of cardboard
crayons, markers, pencils, pens
paper all sizes
dress-ups (interesting wardrobe items, fabric that sparkles, is a great color, or texture, hats, masks, etc.)

You can call me, Ella, if you have items to donate.

We LOVE our volunteers! There are a number of ways you can come be a part of camp:
1.Be a scribe for a group of kids or one-on-one. Listen to the children and write down what they say and do.

2.Sit on the beach and be another set of eyes to make sure our campers stay safe on the beach and in the water.

3.Be a guest artist and paint, sing, make masks, sew costumes, etc. with the campers.

4.Remember an old camp song from back in the day? Come sing it with us!

Call me and let me know what your ideas are!

See you at Camp!

Pine Lake Home and Garden Tour – Sun 5/16

Please come out next Sunday (May 16) from 2:00PM to 6:00PM and participate in our city’s first home and garden tour. Tell your friends and family too! The Pine Lake City Arts committee has organized the event to raise funds for the summer theatre camp for kids and the musicians fund for LakeFest (our art and music festival held the first
weekend October). All proceeds will be used to support these two great events.

There are 8 homes and a smattering of gardens or artistic points of interest on the tour.
Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 on the day of the festival.
Purchase tickets at the City Hall annex (blue building) or by contacting Kathie deNobriga or Traci Augustosky.
Tours start at the beach house (where you will be given a map and some details about each of the homes on the tour).

This will become an annual event for the Pine Lake City Arts committee.
Please think about volunteering for next year. Let Kathie deNobriga or Traci Augustosky know if you are interested.

For anyone interested in being more than an attendee this year, think about being part of the “fringe.” Fringe Festivals are a noted element of many theatre and music festivals — it’s a way for more people to
participate on an informal basis. If you want to participate in this year’s Pine Lake Home & Garden Tour in a completely adhoc, spontaneous, free-form way, just mark your house with balloons. This will let attendees know they are welcome to come on in for a tour, chat, or light refreshments. If you’ll come to the Beach House on Sunday at noon, you can get some balloons, and add your house to the Fringe Tour!

Pine Lake Home & Garden Tour – Sun 5/16

You won’t want to miss the first annual Pine Lake Home & Garden Tour next month. An assortment of 7 homes and a smattering of garden spots or points of interest will be on the inaugural tour. More details forthcoming in the May issue of PLAINTALK and in future announcements on this e-mail listserv.

DATE: Sunday, May 16

TIME: 2:00 to 6:00PM

PLACE: Tour starts at the Pine Lake beach house on Lakeshore Drive

COST: $12 per person for tickets in advance
$15 per person for tickets on the day of the tour

HOST: Event hosted by the Pine Lake City Arts
All proceeds will be used to support Pine Lake arts, including the summer theatre camp for kids and the musician fund for Pine LakeFest.

Tours are self-guided. Maps and addresses will be provided at the beach house. Light refreshments will be served. Purchase your advance tickets at the May 1 breakfast (i.e., PLAIN’s First Saturday Breakfast at the beach house) or at the City Hall annex (blue building) during regular business hours. Contact Traci Augustosky (678-705-4749) or Kathie DeNobriga (404-299-9498) to make alternate arrangements to purchase advance tickets.

First Friday Concert – Fri 4/9 at 8pm

Try and make it out to see Joe Davies this friday.

The usual core group of music fans are mostly out of town so we are hoping to support him as best as possible by just putting an extra buzz in your ears.

Its this fri 8-10 at the beach house here in Pine Lake.
JoD will be doing his original music and he is amazing.
Bill Burke will back him on bass and greg Baba on light percussion.
Beer and wine available as well as coffee water tea…..

directions and such

First Friday Coffeehouse – 2/5

Don’t forget the music Friday night. Eva has created an event with good music, within walking distance & at a great price.

What more can we ask for? Joyce Brookshire will be playing @ the Beach house at 8p.

Let’s be there, so that we can continue to have this wonderful opportunity!

@ the Pine Lake Beach House
Directions: http://www.dellastreet.info/directions.php
Admission $5 at the door.
Refreshments available for sale.

FEB. 5
8:00 p.m.
Pine Lake Beach House
February First Friday welcomes the “Duchess of Cabbagetown,” Joyce Brookshire and her fine band, which includes Pine Lake resident Elise Witt (guitar & vocal harmonies), plus Barbara Panter (fiddle and vocal harmonies), Whit Connah (harmonica and vocal harmonies), and Craig Rafuse (guitar & vocal harmonies).

Joyce Brookshire