Student impressions of the LULEKANI Work for Peace Concert/Presentation/Workshops, 20-21 October 2011.

Impression 1

Last Friday morning an african music group of five men came to the primary school and gave us a performance and a workshop on singing and drumming. In the performance the men were dressed in traditional African clothing and had drums strung around their necks.

They were doing complicated dances (mainly with their feet) where, at the end, they seemed to fall on their side, hitting the stage and propping themselves up on their hands, which looked very, very painful. When they jumped and danced we could see the stage bend and slide around, and we were just hoping it wouldn’t break.

They also played songs in witch there were stories, and i for one particularly liked there protrayal of the  queen of england. I didnt fully understand the story, but I think it was about a man deciding to get a hunting liscense from the queen of england, so they went there on a boat and then suddenly, one of the men was sitting down, with a blond wig, a blue robe and a cup of tea in his hands. Two of the men were standing at his side, standing up very straight with buckets on their heads. It was very funny.

I don’t know much about the workshop because I didn’t attend it, but I hear that the group showed the classes different drumming patterns, and those who didn’t get a drum tried to copy their dance.

After the performance you could buy african things like african jewlrey and pens. It was a really nice performance, I think everyone really enjoyed it, and anyway, it beats class!

Emma Thuemmel, 6d

Impression 2

On Thursday, October 20, 2011 young people from South Africa visited our school. The seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth graders were invited to watch as the South Africans performed dances and a play teaching us about their culture. One of the South Africans named Christopher informed us about what
they were about to do and answered questions. They used drums and dances to show us what they do in their free time and the kind of music that is found in their culture. They asked some of us to participate in the show. The play they did symbolized how they live in South Africa. They included many different animals and free time activities such as hunting. In the end you were able to buy South African objects to keep or give away.

The visit of the South African group was very interesting, fun and informative. In general it is always nice to have people from a different culture or country come and visit our school. We have so many people from different places in the world at our school that it is important to know a lot about other countries and cultures than just the one we belong to. It is especially important for us to know a lot about South Africa since Nelson Mandela was from South Africa and was the first black South African president.

Emily Ihlbrock and Mascha Osang, 8b


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