The NYU African Gyil and Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Valerie Naranjo (Saturday Night Live! and The Lion King), studies and performs traditional African music for percussion and voice. Perhaps the most unique element of the NYU African Gyil and Percussion Ensemble is its performance on gyil. Although gyils are traditionally played solo or in pairs (with non-pitched percussion instruments), the ensemble encourages its members to experience the gyil art in an academic setting, by sharing the musical "workload.”
Who Can Join
The NYU African Gyil and Percussion Ensemble is open solely to Instrumental Performance majors
One short selected solo on either mallet percussion, snare drum, timpani, or multiple percussion
MPAPS-UE/GE 1090/2190.004, Professor Valerie Naranjo, 0 - 3 Credits, Fall and Spring, Friday from 5:00 - 7:00pm
Kpanlogo - Contemporary Ga, Ghana
For kpanlogo drums, bells, bass drums, voice, and dance.
Yaa Yaa Kole - Sisala, Ghana/Cote D'Ivoire
For gyil, kuar, and dance.
Kuku - Guinea
For djembe and dun-dun.
Photo by Marc Akiyama
Valerie Naranjo, Director