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TEDxDirigo: RISE State Theatre, Portland, Maine

Bones and Banjo: Confronting Cultural Appropriation

  • 2017
  • Arts & Culture
Kafari is a pianist, beatmaker, and bluegrass percussionist, specializing in the rhythm bones - an ancient instrument played by holding two in one hand, flicking the wrist forward and backward to create sound. He first became inspired to play the bones three and a half years ago after seeing a concert that debunked his assumptions about bluegrass and exposed him to the African-American roots of traditional bluegrass and old-time music. A resident of Portland since 2011, Kafari enjoys teaching bones to passersby on the city streets and in classrooms across the state. Multi-instrumentalist and singer, Jake Hoffman was raised on jazz and rock n roll and spent his adulthood studying American folk musics.  He has toured in 20 states and 11 countries -- performing and teaching ballads, gospel and dance music from Appalachia and the American South.  A community arts and cultural exchange advocate, Jake has lived in the Portland area since 2009 and is a teaching artist and program manager with 317 Main Community Music Center. If you want to hear Kafari + Jake Hoffman live on November 4 at the State Theatre register here.