Guyanese Kweh Kweh Pre-Wedding Ritual

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Demonstration of Kwe-Kwe pre-wedding ritual by Winston "Jeggae" Hoppie at Brooklyn Arts Council's The Sweetest Song Festival 2014. 

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Winston “Jeggae” Hoppie is a Guyanese artist well-known in his Brooklyn community as a musician, storyteller and poet for over 35 years. As a drummer for various Brooklyn congregations of the Spiritual Baptist Church, he plays for church services, weddings, and funeral wakes. Additionally, he has expert knowledge of Guyanese kweh kweh songs, a complex and extensive genre relying heavily on call and response and used in prenuptial ceremonies and parties. He also knows a range Guyanese story songs such as “Jane Engaged.” Jeggae is a highly regarded music teacher in the Brooklyn Guyanese community; he teaches an annual drumming and singing workshop at the Brooklyn-based Guyanese Cultural Association summer camp.

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Guyana
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Sat, May 17, 2014
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New York City
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English
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Guyana Cultural Association of New York