African Percussions Clinic for Young People
About the Course
The African Percussions Clinic is a hands-on learning experience on how to play instruments that originate from the Yorùbá tribe in West Africa. All African tribes are musically talented, culturally rich and successful in music and the creative arts. However, as a significant footnote, it might please you to know that Burna Boy, Davido, WizKid, Tems, Kizz Daniel, Asake, D'Banj, Tiwa Savage and Adekunle Gold are of the Yorùbá tribe! Our Lead Facilitator, Samuel Jonathan is also Yorùbá and looks forward to an exciting time with the participants.
The percussion instruments are easy to handle and simple to play. No musical experience is required. In addition to having a wholesome introduction to the instruments, four (4) cardinal areas of focus shall include:
Practical Understanding of Identifying and Establishing Rhythm
How to Create Rhythm
Playing as part of a Group
Having Fun and Enjoying Your Instrument
Adopting the African "Village" concept in which the younger generation learn alongside the older generation, you will learn how to play Yorùbá instruments and African beats alongside our precious Over-50's. These are not your average senior citizens. They are full of vigour and ready to "Drop it like it's HOT". This intergenerational learning experience is going to be epic!
Those who participate in this series will be given priority consideration at attend The Talking Drum Masterclass which takes place later this year. The masterclass will be conducted by our Visiting Lecturer, Oluwatosin Ajirotutu, CEO of Oluwatosin Drums in New York.
As a special introductory incentive for undergraduates and people in their 20's, admission to this Clinic series is FREE. However, registration is mandatory.
The Clinic runs for 4 weeks and is held weekly for an hour. You can either attend the weekday or weekend edition.
Weekdays Series: March 14, 21, 28 and 30 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm. Each session has a duration of an hour and shall take place in Erdington.
Weekend Series: The Clinic runs for four (4) Saturdays in March as follows: March 4 (11:00 am - 12 noon), March 11 (1:00 pm - 2:00 pm), March 18 (11:00 am - 12 noon) and March 25 (11:00 am - 12 noon) in Aston.
Registration is ongoing. However, we will stop accepting registration once all seats are booked. Please specify on your registration form if you are interested in the weekday or weekend.
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In 2022, Samuel marked his 50th anniversary of playing African percussion instruments! Born into a musical Yorùbá family in London, he was handed an African cowbell, which is "Agogo" in Yorùbá, as a toddler. Since then, he has been skillfully playing a vast variety of African instruments in England, Ghana, Nigeria and the United States of America with various choirs, bands and on his own albums. Presently, Samuel is leading ReverbNation's music charts for Birmingham! At the recently-concluded "Strike-A-Chord Over-50's Christmas Concert", held in Birmingham, he introduced the Ṣèkèrè instrument with the choir performing Yorùbá songs. Samuel Jonathan is the Founder and Lead Facilitator of the Strike-A-Chord Music-Making Project for the Over-50's.