Opulent Feast for the Senses at 'Gold of Africa Museum'
    2009-04-22 17:07:28     CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Xu Fei
 

Two local drummers in the Gold of Africa Museum teach foreign visitors basic drumming skills on April 5, 2009 in Cape Town, South Africa. [Photo: CRIENGLISH.com]

This is a special drumming lesson which was given on April 5th, in the 'Gold of Africa Museum' for visitors who had just arrived in Cape Town from distant lands.

Before dinner, all visitors were invited to sit together in a circle at the yard, with the front two seats reserved for two local teachers wearing gowns which were jokingly referred to by a member of the Chinese media group as bed-sheets.

Each visitor is provided with a drum to play during a special drumming lesson on April 5, in the Gold of Africa Museum in Cape Town, South Africa. [Photo: CRIENGLISH.com]

The pair played together first to show how their collaboration could produce strong but agreeable rhythms using drums as the sole musical instruments.

Upon completion of the performance, one teacher stood up and began giving tips to foreign students as to how they could grasp the basic drumming skills in a short time. The other teacher remained seated and continued to play in a regular pattern.

In fact, the rhythm is generated along with the counting of numbers "one, two, three", according to the teacher, and as the complexity of the rhythm increases, the numbers involved would increase accordingly.

The path from a simple percussive task to a more complicated performance led all the amateur drum players to gain an ache in their hands. However, this was also accompanied with boundless joy and spiritual satisfaction.


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