Rhythm and Roots
What an amazing experience we had on Friday 12th October 2018! Sam and Dia from London African Drumming came to Woodside as part of our ongoing celebrations for Black History Month. They shared story telling, African songs and rhythms with students across the school in a special day of workshops. Students learnt to play djembe drums as well as learn more about the rich history of traditional African drumming.
Originally found in West Africa and played during celebrations and ceremonies, the Djembe has captivated, dominated and controlled thousands of people in one way or another. Traditionally a prospective Djembe player would follow a master Djembe player to events, playing accompaniment to the band, learning rhythms and generally becoming one with the Djembe. Today a Djembefola or “one who gives the Djembe voice” gathers together students into small groups and teaches them techniques and rhythms. Students learnt about the different rhythms and methods of playing and the whole day was packed with music making, singing, culminating in a wonderful Year 7 showcase at the end of the day. They certainly brought joy, rhythm and positivity to the whole school!