African music evening drums up charity cash
AN EVENING of African dance and music was held at an Ashford school for charity. Rhythmic band, Beyond the Beat, organised workshops for pupils at Highworth school in the art of African music, then helped them to host a magical performance last Friday. Students created African mask backdrops for the stage and made their own boom whackers (tube-shaped percussion instruments), for the show which attracted 200 people. It was the end of five weeks’ learning about African dancing, drumming and song. Lesley Donald, assistant head teacher and organiser, said: “The students had great fun preparing for the evening and they have got a lot out of it.” All the money raised will help Highworth’s partner school in Kishumundu, Tanzania and the Pegasus Trust – a charity for orphans in Nepal.
Boom wackers shake up the show at Highworth