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DRUMMERS DVD (article first published : 2006-12-3)

Northlands Girls’ High School Djembe Drummers have recorded their first DVD.

Invited by the Third Year Film Students at the Durban University of Technology, the Djembe Drummers were part of a live studio project. The film students hosted a talent showcase in the form of a live studio broadcast entitled Urban Brew.

Although the film will not be broadcast on television as it was a film student project, the Djembe Drummers have produced a DVD which will be used as a promotional tool in the future.

“It was also the first live studio broadcast the band has been exposed to and they got to see exactly what happens in a television studio,” said Michelle Hughes who co-ordinates the Drummers. “There are currently 25 girls in the band and we practice at least once a week with a coach who was interviewed in the broadcast.”

The girls either practice new material given to them by their coach or work on a beat they’ve heard or formulate themselves during practice. They usually perform tribal African beats; however, they have also created a newer, more upbeat version of the school’s Northlands Beat which has become very popular at sports days.

The band generally performs for school functions such as prizegivings and special assemblies.




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