In My Own Words: First Friday Performance of 'Haja' & 'Siku'

In My Own Words

In this installment of In My Own Words, Crosby Renninger talks about performing at the Ware Center in downtown Lancaster and being recorded on CD.  

Last weekend of Friday, November 3, I had the experience of performing at the Ware Center in Lancaster city, for First Friday.

My voice and guitar teacher, Julia Jordan Kamanda, has written and published a series of musical story books – her first book, Haja, and her second book Siku’s Song. In both books, I was able to join my teacher, along with three other girls, and we were all part of her musical CD that went along with the books.

It was a very neat experience. I was able to record my voice in a recording studio, along with the other girls and my teacher; it was so much fun. I was even more excited when I was able to go back a second time, to record her second book Siku’s Song.

Julia Jordan Kamanda teaches music lessons through her own music studio, J3 Music Studios. I have taken lessons with her for about five years. She is an amazing teacher.

On First Friday, Julia got the opportunity to share her wonderful music books with anyone who wanted to come to a free performance on Friday night. And Julia invited me and the other girls to join her in the performance. She also had African dancers, that showed a picture of what we were singing, and the story that we were telling, a pan flute player, and African drummers.

The performance was great! We were excited, because so many people showed up.

--By Crosby Renninger, LS News reporter

In My Own Words is a first person written series that highlights Lampeter-Strasburg High School students activities.

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