Masterclass with Sefo Kanuteh

  • Sat 25th September 2021
  • Donations encouraged

Northern Carnival Centre, The Vale, Micklehurst Road, Mossley, OL5 9JL

Sefo grew up in Foday Kunda on the banks of the River Gambia and was raised by a family of highly skilled kora and balafon players; his musical education was a way of life. This strong passion for music has been passed down for generations in Sefo’s family and his community – music was not just at the heart of his people, but it defined them. He now invites you to join his global musical family in this unique Masterclass opportunity.

Sefo Kanuteh is a virtuosic, soulful and authentic Kora and Balafon player from The Gambia. Having worked closely on major projects with artists such as Baaba Maal and The BKO Quintet, his drive to recreate the warmth of his home community in the UK is shown through his inspiring audience engagement during performances, as well as his various workshops and Masterclasses throughout Europe.

This is your opportunity Join Sefo Kanuteh for a daytime Masterclass with Global Grooves at the newly opened Northern Carnival Centre. Participants will bring together their ideas and experience with Sefo before stepping on stage alongside his band to showcase a performance drawn from the masterclass material. We will celebrate music, culture and collaboration together as part of a never-seen-before 25-piece band as part of the evening event.

The event will be hosted in our brand new live performance venue and rehearsal space, part of the Northern Carnival Centre of Excellence, opening in autumn 2021. Featuring a custom designed, flexible PA system, an environmentally conscious stage lighting system, a fully stocked bar and plenty of Carnival colour, the space is accessible and perfect for live performances of all kinds. We can’t wait to welcome you!

Musicians from all disciplines are encouraged to get in touch. We are looking for as many diverse instrumental styles and genres as possible. Masterclass places are limited to 20, therefore a simple, one-stage expression of interest process has been introduced to ensure that we have as wide a variety of instruments and genres represented as possible. We also welcome expressions of interest from small ensembles and duos.

Masterclass participants will also have the opportunity to grace the brand new stage at The Vale with your own music as part of the evening performance (optional and by invitation). This could be a smaller collaborative piece alongside your new found musical friends or a solo performance sharing your own work with our passionate audiences.

You can visit Sefo’s performance page at The Vale here.


This is a ‘donate what you can’ event. We’d like to suggest a donation of £10 but please pay what you ever you can according to your circumstances. All donations will be gifted to the charity ‘Friends of The Vale’ to help more people access arts and cultural opportunities in the building.

Fill in the form below to register your interest.

Expression of interest form

We encourage you two write freely and include as much or a little information as you like. We are interested to know what makes you tick, what music you like to get involved with and why and a bit about your creative background.

We are searching for a good balance of instruments and genres to create a rich mix of influences and vibes. We will look forward to hearing about you and your work.

If we require any further information one of the team may contact you by telephone or email.  Your details will not be shared with third parties or published without your consent.

Expression of interest process;

  • Deadline for expression of interest 25th July 2021 5pm
  • Responses to expression of interest by 9th August 2021
  • Masterclass and Final Performance 25th September 2021
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