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International Body Music Festival 

When: Sun., Nov. 10, 2 p.m. 2013
Price: $10.50, $12.50
Some of the most incredible, creative musicians play no instruments at all. In fact, they use their bodies — hands, feet, and voice — to create rhythm and melody. The 6th International Body Music Festival will bring together performers from all over the world — Brazil, Indonesia, Turkey, Greece, the Canary Islands, and the United States — to the Bay Area for six days’ worth of concerts, workshops, talks, open mics, school presentations, and more. Locals such as women’s vocal ensemble Kitka, a capella group SoVoSó, and hambone artist and clown Unique Derique will also take part in the festival, which will occur in venues in Downtown Oakland and at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco. Attendees will have a chance to gain insight into some of the oldest forms of music, some of which have much historical significance — hambone supposedly has its origins in a 1739 slave rebellion, when slave masters took away slaves’ drums as punishment — and see how artists have modernized them, incorporating elements such as beatboxing and dance.
— Kathleen Richards

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