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.
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.
“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.