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Friday, February 21 • 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Southern African Drumming for Children

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In African music, the further south you go on the continent, the more the emphasis is on singing as opposed to drumming and percussion which is prevalent in northern and western Africa. In Namibia, southwest Africa, nomadic communities carry fewer drums and have thus developed ways of making group music without as many drums as in typical drum-circle traditions. Drawing from these methods, we learn and teach students the importance of group listening. In a classroom setting, drum-circles are useful but can pose some challenges. The southern African music techniques require only two drums per classroom and serve as an excellent precursor to full drum-circles. Many schools in Alberta have hand drums and teachers seek different ways to utilize them. Drum-circle resources are available online, but without the basics of group listening, it can be difficult to have such ensembles. This workshop builds the skills of the teachers, who will, in turn, be drumming leaders in their classroom ensembles. Students, in turn, learn to follow the leader until they are confident enough to play themselves. This technique is also great for schools with limited resources because not many drums are required to make music.


Garth Prinsonsky

As a native of Namibia with years of experience in promoting African culture and community-building through song, dance and instruments, Garth Prince offers unique music concerts, workshops and residencies to schools and venues across North America. ​His goal is to encourage cultural... Read More →

Friday February 21, 2020 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
GWH 161