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DRUM CONVENTION (article first published : 2003-09-14)

A Drum Convention will take place during the Spring Equinox Celebrations at Rustlers festival taking place from September 20 to 23. Drum Masters will include Nicholas Kotei Djanie from Ghana, Yao Atsu from Ghana and Lena Slachmuijlder from Burundi. Also taking part will be Mbira masters Dingiswayo Juma and Zivai Pondamari from Zimbabwe.

The workshops have been so successful over the last six years and have grown in popularity every year. These workshops are a very special and empowering experience. Drumming at Marimba House with a spectacular view of the valley and no neighbours to complain about the noise, is an added bonus to the exceptional talent of the visiting drum masters and the meeting of like minded people.

This year sees the addition of an extra building at Rustlers which allows the organisers to accept more participants and run two venues at the same time. The workshop will be split into two groups: beginners and intermediate/advanced.

The Spring Equinox on September 23 will be celebrated by performing what has been learned in the workshops. This will be followed with performances by Lena, Africa & Yao; The Zimbabwean Mbira band; and David Tomsu's Shamanzi.

Workshop participant's fee (R650) includes camping and entrance to the Spring Equinox. Non participants must purchase tickets at the gate (R200 pp incl camping). Gates open at 18h00 on September 20.

Booking is essential through Niyan at e-mail: niyan@marimbanet.org.za or visit www.marimbanet.org.za




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