African drums send cul­tural mes­sage

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Rhi­an­non Hor­rell

Thou­sands of peo­ple will be swayed by the beat of African drum­ming group Zoh Zoh this week­end.

The eight-piece band will be play­ing at the Auck­land In­ter­na­tional Cul­tural Fes­ti­val along with a Caribbean steel band and more than 45 other acts.

The free fes­ti­val will be held at the Wes­leyMt Roskill War Memo­rial Park.

“We im­ported the drums from west Africa,” says Yaw Boateng, who has been with Zoh Zoh for seven months.

The name Zoh Zoh means step by step and they play Afro-ejo style mu­sic from Ghana.

Or­gan­ised by the Auck­land City Coun­cil, the week­end lit­er­ally kicks off with the Eth­nic Soc­cer Cup on Satur­day.

Sun­day will see the semifi and fi­nals of the cup, as well as the fes­ti­val day it­self, fea­tur­ing the world sto­ries tent, food, mu­sic and dance from more than 40 coun­tries.

Coun­cil event or­gan­iser David Daniela says he ex­pects about 40,000 peo­ple to at­tend.

“The big sur­prise is re­al­is­ing how many cul­tures we have in New Zealand. Some of them have been here a very short time and this is the fu­ture face of New Zealand.”

Arts, cul­ture and recre­ation com­mit­tee chair­man Greg Moyle says this is a good chance to find out more about the dif­fer­ent na­tion­al­i­ties that make up Auck­land.

“It is an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for eth­nic groups to dis­play with pride the cul­tural va­ri­ety they bring to the city.”

More than 150 stalls are ex­pected on the day.

The fes­ti­val, which runs from 10am to 5pm on both days, was pre­vi­ously World Refugee Day and has grown into a large an­nual event.


African drum­mers: Moy­oyo Alovyi, left, and Yaw Boateng from Ghana prac­tise for their per­for­mance on Sun­day.

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