An opportunity to experience the thrill of West African Drumming with the potential to be part of a performing group. Perform traditional music and rhythms from Ghana, Guinea, Mali and other countries in West Africa taught by Maganui Stewart under the guidance of master drummer and dancer, Robert Fugah.
The first class can be attended as a one off 'taster' and introduction to West African Drumming.
Thursdays: May 10th, 17th, 31st; June 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
Room 6, Phillipstown Hub, 39 Nursery Road, Phillipstown (map)
Cost: Adults $75 (or $70 for Friends of The Muse)
First night only: $15
Further Concessions available. Please contact us if you need assistance to attend.
Bookings essential: Book here or phone 0800 THE MUSE (0800 843 687) or email us.
Join Maganui Stewart and Robert Fugah to experience the exhilaration of playing West African hand drums with others. Improve your coordination, and enjoy the buzz, shared joy and connection that only drumming with others can create. In this class series, participants will learn traditional West African rhythms and songs. Maganui will help students learn the rhythms and develop their skill. Robert will run one of the Thursday night classes when he comes to town (date to be confirmed).
About the Tutors:
Maganui Stewart is a multi-instrumentalist, with her main passions being dance, drumming and singing. She has a Bachelor in Musical Arts from the C.P.I.T, runs a regular therapeutic dance class at Princess Margaret Hospital and an Orff Musicianship Class for children at Christchurch School of Music as well as performing regularly with A Capellago World Music Choir as a percussionist and singer and with various ensembles. Maganui is passionate about ensuring everyone has access to opportunities to express themselves through music and dance.
Robert Fugah grew up in a village called Abor from the Volta Region of Ghana where traditional music and dance is part of daily life. He under took professional African dance and drumming training in Accra, the capital of Ghana, at the Community Youth Cultural Centre under the government's National Commission on Culture. He has taught African dance and drumming for about 15 years in schools and to expatriates both in Ghana and abroad. For more information about Robert and to see videos of his work, go to: www.robertfugah.co.nz
"As an effective communication tool, drumming helps people realise their own contribution to the group. It highlights that everyone's input, no matter how small, can make a marked difference to the success of a group. By playing rhythms together as an ensemble, groups develop a powerful synergy and sense of unity. Our workshops break down age, social and gender barriers. It's a fun and accessible activity that everyone is drawn to and anyone can do." Robert Fugah