UNDA – Newfoundland, Quebec – African and Caribbean Rhythms
Unda finds inspiration in the musical and spiritual traditions of West Africa and the Caribbean. Unda, which means “the waves, vibrations, energy flowing,” to honor the spirit of nature through movement, harmony, and universal pulse of the drum. This group, based in Montreal, began in 2004 with a project of female percussion group. Since Unda has integrated various artists, musicians, choristers and dancers. Rachel Stevenson, who leads the group, is a native of Newfoundland. She was formed on percussion and dance with different teachers worldwide. She practices the Malian dance, Guinean and gumboot, Guinean and Tahitian drumming, n’goni, Afro-Cuban and Afro-Haitian music. Her project combines traditional music with original compositions and sacred chants. Unda style combines ethereal vocal harmonies and light musical arrangements to the full power of drums and dance. In this intercultural project, Rachel Stevenson (vocals, n’goni, percussion), is surrounded by Pascal Gaudette and Martin Goulet (percussion), Jonathan Stevenson (violin, viola), Gitanjali Jain (vocals), and Valentina Miranda Arana (dance).
Terre-Neuve - Québec