Jihane Serkhane

Shore Hill Older Adult Center
"Drum'n Sing: Chaabi For Her!"
Pronouns: she / they
Artistic Discipline: Music: Drumming & Singing
Category: SU-CASA
Grant Year: 2023
Location: Bay Ridge

Dr. Jihene (G-”hen”) Serkhane is an Amazigh (North-African-indigenous) chaabi musician and cultural activist of Algerian-Tunisian-upbringing. Chaabi is North- African folk music by people of Amazigh- and Arab-descent of all faiths sung in minority languages (eg. Taqbaylit/Kabyle, Derja, Haketia). Jihene has been a student/teacher/performer of Middle-Eastern/North-African(MENA) music since 2008. Her current mentor is Paris-based Master percussionist Amar Chaoui (Tinariwen and Gnawa-Diffusion). In 2021, she founded the New York Chaabi Orchestra (NYCO) - a project that aims at promoting/preserving Chaabi music, while creating opportunities for women to learn and perform Chaabi music. She teaches Chaabi darbuka (goblet-drum) and singing to women/girls English/French/Spanish/Derja(North-African-creole) through her flagship public-program offering “Dar Brooklyn”*. Besides the darbuka, she's performed on tar/req (MENA-tambourines), bendir (frame-drum) and repique (Brazilian-drum) in various events, such as Le Festival au Desert (Mali) with Atri N'Assouf and Khaira Arby (RIP), and opening to The-Rolling-Stones (50th-Anniversary-tour, NY) with BatalaNYC. She holds a French Ph.D. in Cognitive-Science, two Masters (Ecology and Linguistics), and is an Outdoors-Educator-trainee (Appalachian-Mountain-Club).

"Drum’n Sing: Chaabi For Her!" is a music program that teaches North-African folksinging and drumming to senior women in English, Arabic, Spanish and/or French,targeting the communities surrounding the BayRidge Senior Center. We'llcelebrate our learning achievements and newfound friendships in a students'concert that will offer a repertoire of songs on immigration and love. We'll deepenour communities awareness of how close we are as gifts from worldwide diasporas,embracing our linguistic, cultural and generational diversity, through fun andcreativity.

(*) Sponsored, in part, by the Greater-New-York-Arts-Development-Fund of the NYC-Department-of-Cultural-Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC), and, in part, by Balady Hallal Food Market