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African Dance, Singing and Drumming

The programme is to educate and entertain students through dance-drumming. Students will have opportunities to learn the difference between African music dance-drumming and the music of other cultures. The main focus will be training the students to coordinate with the drum while they dance. The music is polyrhythmic in nature and that forces students to multi task by listening. At the end of the lesson students will be expected to sing a simple chant song and to be able to dance to the drum. With large groups of students, I always divide them into dancers, singers and drummers. The African dance-drumming is an ensemble piece and is more enjoyable when the groups are bigger so people can enjoy each others' energy.

Artist Information

Yaw Boateng (YB)

Website: http://www.gahu.co.nz

Phone: 09 8465913 or 0210316293

Email: zohzoh_414@yahoo.com


I have performed at a lot of festivals and have organised workshops for a lot of community groups plus teaching in a High School in Auckland and university.
I am an accomplished African music performer who can teach and entertain any crowd. I play many different African instruments, including both hand and stick drumming. I compose music and perform tribal dances. I played with a New Zealand Afro beat band called Gahu for about 3 years and I was the main front person responsible for African percussion, songs and dance. I have a teaching qualification which is comparable level 6(DIPLOMA) on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework.

Programme Information

Arts Practice Medium: Dance, Music

Topics or Genres of Expertise: African Music (Dance-Drumming)

Languages Spoken: English

Target Age Group: Middle Primary, Senior Primary, Junior Secondary, Senior Secondary

Preferred Group Size: Medium (9-20)

Regions: Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Canterbury, East Coast, Hawke's Bay, Manawatu, Marlborough, Nelson, Northland, Otago, Southland, Taranaki, Waikato, Wellington, West Coast, National

Space and Resources Required: DVD player

Indicative Costs:

  • $60 per hour
  • $15 per student

Mode of Delivery: Presentation, Performance, Workshop

Cultural Context: Africa-Ghana


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Programme Information


Kristin High School in Albany, Auckland UNITEC,(school of dance) Auckland

Programme Materials Provided for Schools: Yes

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