What you'll do
We will meet at our cottage near the sea under a tree in our back garden. Here you will be entertained by a musical story performance showing how the original Southern African instruments were discovered and how the music evolved as people migrated to become the musical styles we know today. From tribal to jazz, blues and back to township jives. After tea and a snack, participants will have an opportunity to make their own version of an ancient African wind instrument (ixilongo) decorate it and learn to play it. This will be your take home souviner. You will be invited to share in an interactive musical jam session. All the participants will be given a chance to play a simple instrument and guided in playing music together in a polyrhythmic ensemble. Beat by beat we break boundaries and find a sense of belonging in the rhythm of the drum. This is a great opportunity to release stress, find your centre and discover your groove within the whole. You will be taught skills and techniques and be accompanied by strong professional drummers who will help you hold your part.
James And Helena
Jamie has performed internationally playing indigenous South African instruments in Vincent Mantsoes "Menjaro Project." He runs his own company "Ubuntu Drumtime Music Interactive" facilitating musical experiences for schools, companies and tourists. He performs regularly as a professional singer-songwriter.. A Berklee University "Learning to Live Music' Performance intensive for Mentors adds a furhter feather to his cap. Helena is a multi-media storyteller and performer. Vuyo Katsha and Zama Qambi on drums and mbira and Sandile Jwaai on Bass guitar make up the team when available.
Musical instruments such as djembe drums and percussion etc.
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Where you'll be
We will play music beneath the shelter of the leafy tree in our garden and within earshot of the ocean. If it is cold or wet, we will gather indoors in our cozy music room.
Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 10 guests ages 7 and up can attend. No additional requirements
No previous musical experience is necessary. Do not have any expectations and be surprised. Come with an open mind. The more the merrier. We need more than one booking to go ahead.
African Music journey-listen and play