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​Drumming Fun
Blackbutt students drum up a storm
(Story written by Judi Chatwood our Media Liaison Officer)
Blackbutt State School students transformed into a dynamic drumming orchestra as part of an interactive African drumming workshop held this week.
Presented by African Beat, the workshop was a great hands-on experience of making music together as part of a team.
Visiting artists from Ghana in West Africa brought a professional and culturally rich experience to the school, with students from Prep to Year 6 having the chance to play under the guidance of African master drummers with the magic “hands of fire”.
You could almost see the sparks flying off the drums as students and staff enjoyed the exhilarating drumming adventure that aimed to break down barriers and build team spirit.
Every student had a drum to play and the chance to learn some dynamic rhythms, transforming into a huge percussion ensemble led by the African drummers and dancers.
African Beat used ancient rhythms to take students on a magical journey to discover their team pulse while having fun along the way.
Students enjoyed the wonderful African beats and some zany dance moves that left everyone gasping in admiration.
Year 6 student Claire Stretton said she loved the drumming.
“The music was just awesome,” she said. “Everyone had a drum to play.”
Tyson Saunders from Year 3 said he enjoyed the acrobatics and dancing as much as the drumming.
“The performers made these amazing noises at the end of the music,” he said. “It was pretty cool.”
As well as the hands-on experience, students also learnt about different African instruments, heard stories of African children growing up in villages and watched traditional dances as they are performed in Ghana.