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African Drumming

posted 12 Oct 2015, 02:08 by Phil Broughton   [ updated 12 Oct 2015, 02:11 ]
Kwame Bakoji-Hume performing with African drums
On Monday 5 October some of our Year 7 and 8 students were lucky enough to have a visit from Kwame Bakoji-Hume who founded African Activities. Kwarme is a Ghanaian from Northern Ghana who explained the following about his life in Africa:

'Like many people today my 'Tribe' or ethnic group is only a small part of defining who I am. I have been blessed to live in both Africas. As a child I lived in a farming and fishing community and we did live in mud huts without electricity or running water but we were not hungry or bored! As an adult my talents were nurtured and I was sponsored to study fine art in the capital city of Accra. Here we have tower blocks, motorways, art galleries, theatres, international air ports and more. I have been living in the UK since 2000 although I regularly return to Ghana. I have a passion for sharing the diversity of Africa, and especially my homeland of Ghana'.

We learnt about a variety of different drums, watched Kwarme perform and worked with him using our voices and the Djembe drum to produce a class performance. This ties in with our celebration of Black History Month and the Year 8 African Drumming Unit.

Kwame sent this message to Ms Fairbairn after his visit...

"That was one of the nicest workshops I have had in London, The students are respectful, helpful and were engaged with excitement throughout the workshop, I really enjoyed the day at Richmond Park Academy. I have much respect for the school. My blessing, Kwame"
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