Pupils drum up en­thu­si­asm for con­cert

Central Leader - - News - By Lisa Sloan

Stu­dents at St Therese School may come from cul­tures all over the world.

But th­ese days they are march­ing to the beat of the same drum.

Chil­dren from all year lev­els have been learn­ing African drum­ming un­der the in­struc­tion of mu­si­cian Richard Boateng.

Each class has been prac­tis­ing tra­di­tional chant­ing, danc­ing, singing and drum­ming and will show off their skills in a con­cert on July 3.

Stu­dent Naomi Chew-Lit, 12, says she never ex­pected to learn African drum­ming but it has been a lot of fun.

“It’s en­er­getic and re­ally fun to work as a team and Richard is so help­ful and in­tel­li­gent and a great drum­mer,” she says.

“It has also helped us to be more open minded about an­other cul­ture.”

The African drum­ming classes have been or­gan­ised as part of the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry’s Artists in Schools pro­gramme.

Ghana-born Richard has stud­ied tra­di­tional Ghana­ian mu­sic and is an ac­com­plished mu­si­cian and teacher.

The chil­dren have been work­ing with Richard since May on their drum­ming and danc­ing while un­der­tak­ing a re­search project to learn more about the African cul­ture.

Richard says drum­ming teaches chil­dren how to be part of a team.

“Build­ing up rhythm in chil­dren makes them fit and brings them to­gether,” he says.

“Ev­ery­body is con­nected and re­lies on each other in the per­for­mance.”

He says work­ing to­gether on the per­for­mance also helps them to over­come shy­ness and be­come more con­fi­dent.

Teacher Leigh Ez­ernieks says the chil­dren have re­sponded very well to the pro­gramme.

“The kids have re­ally en­joyed it. They have gained con­fi­dence and are will­ing to par­tic­i­pate and we are re­ally sur­prised at how well they have picked it up,” she says.

“They have re­ally risen to the oc­ca­sion and love learn­ing about the cul­ture and find­ing sim­i­lar­i­ties.”

The St Therese School African vil­lage per­for­mance will be held on July 3 from 7pm in the school hall.

For more in­for­ma­tion, phone the school on 6209441.


In sync: St Therese School stu­dents from left: Eirenei Nanai, Do­minic Tauia, Xavier Fan­gupo and Tafadzwa Midzi work with Richard Boateng, cen­tre, on African drums.

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