Year 1 enjoy African drumming workshop

Year 1 took part in an exciting African drumming workshop on Monday afternoon, run by Aaron Meli from Slapping Skins. The girls were introduced to the Djembe drum, and they found out that the Djembe is played in Ghana, Gambia, Ivory Coast and Guinea; it is the most popular drum of the West coast of Africa. The Djembe makes three different sounds: bass, tone and slap. The head of the drum is traditionally made from a taut goat skin and this is tightened to make a higher pitched sound on the Djembe. Each girl had her own Djembe and they were taught to keep and hold rhythms and beats. The girls also played a '3 beat challenge game', Annabelle and Jess were crowned the Queens of the 'three beat challenge'. It was a fun approach to improvisation and soloing and all the girls thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon.

Posted 01 May 2014
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