A weekend of African drum and dance

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African drumming and dance tutor Robert Koffie Fugah. Photo: Supplied

DEEP South Kadodo Drum and Dance School will host a weekend of African drum and dance workshops at Omaui on February 2-4.

The sessions will be led by African drumming and dance tutor Robert Koffie Fugah.

Event organiser Jacqueline Stewart said the camp was open for everyone and activities included drumming for beginners, a children’s drum and dance session, intermediate/advanced drumming, dance and yoga.

“We are trying to make this event really family friendly so if you’ve got kids they can come for free. As long as one adult is drumming, their partner can come to watch the kids while they drum,” she said.

“They will learn what it feels like to dance and drum together. Everyone can do it, everyone has rhythm and they will love it.

“Apart from Robert Koffie Fugah, two more tutors are coming down. African-style music and dance teacher and performer Ra McRostie and multi-instrumentalist Magaui Stewart will also be there.”

The price of $150 for the weekend included accommodation in dormitory rooms and drum hire, she said.

“People need to bring a sleeping bag, pillow and their own food. On the Saturday night we will have a shared feast together. If people are from different cultures or they have a favourite family meal, we are encouraging them to bring that.”

African drum and dance camp, February 2-4, YMCA camp, 159 Mokomoko Rd, Omaui. $150 full weekend, $100 Saturday only, $30 individual one-hour workshops on Sunday. To register, phone Jacqueline Stewart on 020 4119 6303 or email j.rae.stewart@gmail.com by January 31.

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