The Power of the Fish Is in the Water: Intercultural Connections through Music

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We’ll explore the ways that music can be a scaffolding for intercultural connections and relationships.  In her doctoral research of music lessons, fieldwork and interviews within the Zimbabwean music community, Angela experienced this first hand, in both the US and Zimbabwe. What is it about the Mbira (a plucked idiophone iconic to the Shona people) that brought people together from such diverse worlds, into a space of healing and community? You’ll get to experience its soothing, mesmerizing sound throughout the service. 

Angela Scharfenberger (PhD, Ethnomusicology/ African Studies) lives in many worlds musically and culturally. She has spent several summers in Africa, served immigrant and international students in Louisville for nine years at JCTC, and is currently the Director of Intercultural Initiatives at Interfaith Paths to Peace. Angela is immensely grateful to her many teachers of African and Latin musics. In her adult and youth classes at the Louisville Folk School, she is careful to teach as her mentors did, while creating a joyful community through African drumming and singing.