African Music Institute (AMI) – a new music school set to open in September, 2017– brings its successful Berklee on the Road program to the École Ruban Vert campus in Libreville, Gabon, January 9-13, 2017.
The program, led by academic director and Berklee faculty member Alain Mallet, will give musicians from more than 20 African countries the opportunity to explore Berklee-style classes at no cost in a variety of topics, including harmony, improvisation, and theory. The workshops will culminate with a final concert at École Ruban Vert featuring performances by students.
The workshops will culminate with a final concert at École Ruban Vert featuring performances by students.
“We believe this is a great opportunity for musicians to experience the Berklee classroom closer to home, as well as to see what is to come once the African Music Institute opens its doors later this year,” said Jason Camelio, director for global initiatives at Berklee.
In 2015, Berklee’s president Roger Brown signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the government of the Central West African nation of Gabon to help with the creation of a pan-African music school, the African Music Institute (AMI), in the capital, Libreville. The AMI will focus on contemporary popular music, traditional African music, and African dance to create a path for students to eventually study at Berklee. The first class will enter in September of 2017.
“We are supporting the creation of a new school for contemporary music in Africa, one that will be a source of students who will come to Berklee to enrich not only their experiences, but those of our students, as well” said Brown. “Our mission statement acknowledges the unique role of the African cultural diaspora in the major musical styles underlying our curriculum, including jazz, blues, R&B, rock, gospel, Latin, and hip-hop. With this new school and more students coming to Boston from Africa, we’ll have a direct line, right to the source.”
Guests to appear at Berklee’s Workshop in Gabon:
Akon, the American-born Senegalese music star, has countless hits across pop, R&B, hip-hop and dance music.
Davido (David Adedeji Adeleke), is an American-born Nigerian recording artist, performer and producer.
Joel Katz, Berklee trustee, and chair, global entertainment and media practice for Greenberg Traurig is a key stakeholder in the alliance between Berklee and AMI. He is Billboard magazine’s number-one-ranked entertainment attorney.