Errington World Music Adult Workshops

Course Information

Join instructors Robin Layne, Sarah van Borek, Chris Couto, and Mapumba  Cilombo for single-day, one-hour, evening workshops. Sign up for one or all five! You can choose the ones that appeal to you.

Monday, August 12th  

Matengo Flavour: A  Cultural Evening with Filmmaker Sarah Van Borek and Performing Artist Mapumba Cilombo

 A music documentary weaving intimate, acoustic performances with the heart-warming story of Tanzanian musician Adeson Nchimbi and his South African wife, Theresa, who relocated together from urban Cape Town to Adeson’s ancestral homeland in rural Tanzania. On a journey to improve the quality of life for Adeson’s people, they discover “organic music” from traditional Matengo culture and redefine what it means to live a “good life” without luxuries. 


The film runs a total of 27 minutes and will be shown in its entirety on Monday, August 12th at 7:00pm at the Errington Hall. Tickets are $10 per person or $25 per family and will be sold at the door. Following the viewing of the film, Van Borek will take questions and talk about the making of the film and the vibrant culture of the people she met through the process.This event is suitable for children twelve and up.

Wednesday, August 14th 

5:30-6:30pm Latin Percussion 101 with Robin Layne

Learn the basics of guiro, congas, clave and how to put them all together. You will use your voice, body and instruments to experience playing, singing, and moving to the music.

Robin has studied in Cuba and performs in many Latin bands based in Vancouver. He has also taught salsa dance for years with his wife and loves to share his passion for rhythm and movement with audiences of all ages. Open to all levels and experience!

6:45-7:45pm Mexican Marimba with Robin Layne

Learn a traditional song El Sapo from the Chiapaneco style from southern Mexico. Rooted in 12/8 and with easy to challenging parts this song has something for everyone and is a good chance to learn about a different marimba culture as well as experience playing in a time signature less common than 4/4. Robin has studied in Chiapas and share his experiences as well as his adaptation of the style to the Zimbabwean marimbas. Open to all levels and experience!

Thursday, August 15th 

6:45-7:45pm - African Marimba with Mapumba Cilombo

Enjoy a mix of African marimba, percussion and voice. 

Let us introduce you to this year’s faculty!


Mapumba is a South Africa-based, Congolese-born multi-genre performing and recording artist. He blends traditional melodies, stories and languages from his native DRC with original inspirations, delivering a rich African sound with a modern touch. Two songs from his first album 'Mapumba' (2006) were featured on Putumayo compilations, which led to a North American tour in 2010. He has also toured Zambia, DRC, Kenya, Mozambique, Benin, South Africa, France, Belgium, Switzerland and Dubai.

Mapumba has shared the stage with prominent artists like Miriam Makeba, Oliver Mtukudzi and Ismael Lo and played for dignitaries like Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton and Richard Branson.

He has also written music for South Africa’s multi-award winner Judith Sephuma and was featured with renowned Swiss hip hop artist Steff La Cheffe on her top chart album Ha ke Ahnig.

Mapumba is involved with a variety of musical projects and collaborations, including Kongo Elektro, an Afro-fusion live performance duo with producer-DJ Dan Eppel and Afro-pop singer Zane Mbizo, whose music he writes and produces.


Robin grew up in Victoria where he was mentored by renowned percussionist and educator Sal Ferreras at UVic, studying classical percussion with a major focus on marimba. Robin soon fell in love with the rhythms of salsa and Latin percussion and followed this passion to the LA Music Academy where he studied jazz, latin and pop before moving to Vancouver. Since 2008 Robin has become a regular fixture on the B.C. festival circuit, collaborating with a wide spectrum of folk and world artists. His recent touring engagements have led him to Europe, Mexico, China, the U.S. and Canada. He has followed his love of world music to Cuba, Guinea, Mali, and Mexico studying under master drummers and marimbists of those respective traditions. He currently performs with world music groups Locarno, Mazacote, Tambura Rasa, and The Robin Layne Band. He is in demand as a freelance percussionist for recordings, performances and tours. Recent highlights include working with Juno Award winning artists Quique Escamilla, The Paperboys, Donne Roberts (African Guitar Summit), Alpha Yaya Diallo, Celso Machado and Silk Road Music. Equally at home on a festival stage or in a classroom, Robin strongly believes that the gift of

music should be accessible to everyone. He is the senior percussion instructor at the Sarah McLachlan School of Music and the Artistic Director of the World Rhythms for Youth Society.


Sarah is a Canadian-born, Cape Town-based documentary filmmaker, educator and PhD scholar in environmental education at Rhodes University, South Africa. Sarah is dedicated to collaborative media arts initiatives linking arts, science, museums, civil society and government for sustainable development.

Sarah has been a faculty member of Canada’s top art and design institute, the Emily Carr University of Art + Design, since 2012 designing and implementing project-based courses with the science-based environmental NGO, the David Suzuki Foundation, and in collaboration with a wide range of museums (Museum of Vancouver, Vancouver Maritime Museum, Courtenay & District Museum, Gulf of Georgia Cannery, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Apartheid Museum). Sarah’s passion for African music, film and sustainable development has taken her work to Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Mauritania and Mali, working with renowned musicians including: Baaba Maal, Alou Sam, Adama Yalomba, Celso Machado, Adeson Nchimbi, Afro Fiesta (Playing for Change artists), Xixel Langa and Toto Berriel.


Date: August 12th  - 16th, 2019

Location: Errington War Memorial Hall -  1390 Errington Rd, Errington, BC