Pupils make beau­ti­ful noise

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Ngati Toa and Ti­tahi Bay North schools’ halls re­sounded to the thump­ing beat of drums last week as the Strike mu­si­cians came to town.

The tal­ented per­cus­sion­ists spent half the week at each school, hold­ing work­shops in­tro­duc­ing kids of all ages to the awe­some sound of drums, while en­cour­ag­ing teamwork and lead­er­ship. Once chil­dren were taught a se­quence, ses­sions were recorded and played back, so they could hear how they sounded to­gether.

A con­cert was held on Fri­day at Ngati Toa, show­cas­ing the chil­dren who showed higher lev­els of in­ter­est and abil­ity.

Strike uses tra­di­tional and cus­tom-made in­stru­ments, dancers and chore­og­ra­phy to pro­duce a unique ex­pe­ri­ence.

Founded in 1993, the group has held ‘‘ res­i­den­cies’’ with schools across the coun­try since 1999. Visit strike.co.nz.

Feel­ing the beat: Chayla-Rose Robin­son, of Room 10 at Ngati Toa School, gets into the rhythm dur­ing the work­shop with the Strike drum­mers.

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