The second stage of the “Dream up! Drum up!” project with Barefeet (Zambia) and Artscape (South Africa) finally took place from June 27 to July 5 at Samba Résille! Despite our fears for the project due to the huge difficulties caused by the KLM flights, we all came together to share our joy and love of music. We would like to thank Octavent for loaning us one of their instruments, thus compensating for the unexpected.
These days in Toulouse were punctuated by rehearsals of percussion, singing and wind instruments, sometimes accompanied by other groups from Samba Résille. The objective was to keep the beautiful artistic collaboration started in Lusaka during the first mobility, which had already exceeded our expectations, alive.
The stay also gave rise to numerous workshops: frevo dance, cooking, graffiti and round tables… Formal and informal meetings were organized. We had the chance to be received by the COCU (Organizational Committee of the United Carnival); and the Zambians of Barefeet were able to exchange with the young people in musical awakening and the Batucabraille group at the IJA
(Institute for the Young Blind).
The result of all this work was presented on June 30 during the 7th Meeting of African Studies in France, at the University Toulouse 2 Jean Jaurès, in the form of a colloquium and an outdoor exhibition.
The neighborhood party on July 2 also allowed the public to discover the richness of “Dream up! Drum up!”. After an Icebreaker workshop by Barefeet and a presentation of the project, the collaborative musical program resounded throughout Roquelaine street, participating in this successful anniversary event!
The mobility then continued until July 10th with a trip to Paris and Brussels.
Thanks to Barefeet and Artscape for their presence and their involvement, as well as to the participants of Samba Résille who made themselves available!
Next step: Cape town in early September!