Students at UJ are beating drums and excited to see some of their fellow students who were at the centre of the fountain demonstrating their best dance moves. Photo by Conrad Mmotsa.

Students at UJ Followed the Beat of the Drum

Students at the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) Auckland Park Kingsway (APK) campus found themselves participating in a communal drumming session on Friday.

The interactive drumming session was led by the expert percussionist Andrew Xolani from Drum Café. Drum Café is an entertainment agency that conducts interactive drumming and team building exercises using drums and other percussion instruments.

“We are all about interactivity and we would like for students to be involved. As much as we will be playing music for them, they will be also playing with us,” Xolani said.

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Drum Café is an entertainment agency that conducts interactive drumming and team building exercises using drums and other percussion instruments. Photo by Conrad Mmotsa.

Students were excited to be a part of the show. “[The] Drum Café performance is the most exciting part of the day. We do not get to be spectators, but we are involved and most importantly taught about instruments,” said Matabane Boingotlo, a student at APK.

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Not only were students having fun but they were also taught about some of the historical and cultural significance of drumming.

“I was learning [about] how communication took place through different sounds of beating a drum; we were also connected back to our roots,” said Ntombizodwa Jali, a student at UJ’s Auckland Park Bunting road campus.

Students were also invited to show off their best dance moves whilst playing other musical instruments. The Open Journal captured some of this excitement from the audience.

Students beating drums at UJ APK
Students at UJ are beating drums and excited to see some of their fellow students who were at the centre of the fountain demonstrating their best dance moves. Photo by Conrad Mmotsa.

“This year is actually a lot more exciting than previous years; a lot of students actually came through in numbers to participate and it is exciting,” said one of the volunteers.

The drumming session was part of the International Festival that is held every year at UJ’s APK campus.

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Onthatile Kgoadigoadi was born and bred in Phokeng, North West Province. She is a Journalism student at the University of Johannesburg. She is currently working towards obtaining her degree in Journalism and hopes to obtain an Honours degree. Her eagerness to pursue journalism was triggered during her high school years when she would volunteer for community service. She saw a need to impact people’s lives and make their voices heard. Her passion lies in being a humanitarian and eradicating the challenges and issues faced in society. She is a young vibrant journalist with an interest in digging for the truth. She longs to empower the youth from her village to never lose the hope of achieving their dreams and believes that winners are losers who got up and gave it one more try.  

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