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West Africa – drumming workshop

8 August 2011

The drumming workshop gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the music and tradition of West Africa.  Students will learn about, and play, a djembe (also djimbe, jembe, jenbe, yembe, sanbanyi in Susu; pronounced "JEM-bay"), which is a skin-covered drum shaped like a large goblet which is meant to be played with bare hands. It is a member of the membranophone family of musical instruments.
 
Students will also learn about Kpanlogo which is a recreational dance of Ghana. Kpanlogo is also the name of a drum used in kpanlogo music, which pupils will be able to play.  The kpanlogo has a tapered body (similar in shape to a conga) carved from a single log, and it has a goat, antelope, or cow skin head that is tightened with the use of pegs.
 
These are hands-on workshops, so to make sure everyone is able to participate, groups are limited to a maximum of 15 students. 
 
The workshops can vary according to the age and ability of the group but our suggested times and the outline of content of workshops are:
 
  • Reception: 20 minutes - The workshop includes an explanation of the instruments, their origins and how they are made and work. Pupils have a chance to try out the instruments;
  • Key stage 1 and 2: 30 – 45 minutes - The workshop includes an explanation of the instruments, their origins and how they are made and work.  Pupils are taught basic rhythm work and learn to play a piece with several parts as a group;
  • Key stage 3 and above: 45 – 60 minutes - The workshop includes an explanation of instruments, their origins and how they are made and work.  Pupils are taught more complex rhythm work including cross rhythms and/or phasing.
 
You can request longer sessions but we do not offer shorter sessions.
 
Chairs will be needed for the students and you will need to provide a CD player.  
 

Cost 

£225 for a whole day / £120 for half a day (0930–1200 and 1230–1500). There is a maximum of 15 students per workshop.
 
If two or more workshops are booked, a 10% discount will be applied, as long as all workshops take place in the same term.