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Dr. Moyo's "Call and Response"/Lauren Barnett & Polky Village Band Video Release

  • Drom taberna 458 Queen Street West Toronto, ON, M5V 2A8 Canada (map)

6pm Dr. Moyo’s Call and Response

The foundation and pulse of African music is call and response; a sonic dialogue, where one or multiple sounds ask a question, make a statement, pronounce a philosophical meditation and the others offer an answer, affirm and validate. Dr. Moyo’s call and response seek to bring this practice to life in real time by means of having genuine conversations with his audience.

Dr. Moyo will have one or more artists with whom he does artistic call and response. Between songs, stories, poetry, he will invite the audience to ask burning questions from their own lives and experiences to which he will offer sincere and thoughtful responses. The more personal and political the questions are, the better. If you are not a talker, we will have pens and paper for you to write your burning questions.


Moyo is a Gwenyambira- master player of the mbira instrument from Zimbabwe, social worker and Ubuntu philosopher-practitioner. Drawing from a large repertoire of ritual songs from ancient mbira music traditions, Moyo weaves together diverse sounds, where in one instance he harnesses the powerful sound of mbira connecting audiences with their meditative and spiritual cores and another he scratches the mbira luring audiences into serendipitous movement. Moyo accompanies the mbira with chants, yodles, poetry, and stories creating a true ceremonial space that is relaxing, joyful and healing.

Guest Artist: Dan Yashinsky

Dan Yashinsky is a well-known Canadian storyteller, author, and community organizer. He received, in 1999, the first Jane Jacobs Prize to honour his contributions as a storyteller to enhance Toronto’s cultural life. He also received a 2009 Chalmers Arts Fellowship from the Ontario Arts Council.  Dan founded the Toronto Festival of Storytelling (in 1979) and co-founded the Storytellers School of Toronto. He also began the longest-running open session in North America: 1,001 Friday Nights of Storytelling (in 1978). Dan has performed at festivals in Israel, Sweden, Norway, Holland, England, Wales, England, Germany, Brazil, Austria, France, the U.S., Singapore, and Ireland, as well as all across Canada.

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9pm Polky Village Band Video Release Party!

The Lauren Barnett Free For All & Polky Village Band Trio invite you to come celebrate the release of a new collaboration video featuring Ewelina Ferenc and Lauren Barnett.

-Where Poland & Canada meet -
"Oj Da Dana" is a song written and arranged by Lauren Barnett & Ewelina Ferenc through a songwriting collaboration project.

Thank you to the Ontario Arts Council - Conseil des arts de l'Ontario for supporting this collaboration!

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