The NYU African Gyil and Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Valerie Naranjo (Saturday Night Live! and The Lion King), studies and performs traditional African music for percussion and voice. Perhaps the most unique element of the NYU African Gyil and Percussion Ensemble is its performance on gyil. Although gyils are traditionally played solo or in pairs (with non-pitched percussion instruments), the ensemble encourages its members to experience the gyil art in an academic setting, by sharing the musical “workload.”

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