Kenyan percussionist in town
MASTER Kenyan percussionist Bandika Ngao will host a special drum workshop on Friday as part of Tweed River Festival.
Ngao is in town with Judy Campbell's band Mosaic to perform songs off their new EP Waters of Kenya on Saturday night at Jack Evans Boat Harbour.
But before the gig, Campbell and Ngao will take some lucky people through a group singing and drumming workshop on Friday afternoon.
Campbell yesterday said Tweed Shire Council's Kenyan Mentoring Program had actually inspired the new album, and it was good to be coming back to the Tweed.
“We are also very happy to be doing this in alignment with National Water Week,” she said.
Campbell, the vocalist and composer in Mosaic, will lead students in a singing workshop, which will focus on vocal blend in group situations, and Ngao's percussion workshop will involve teaching students about the rhythms of East Africa.
The one-hour Music workshop will be held at Tweed Heads Civic Centre on Friday, October 23, and will commence at 12.30pm. The cost per student will be $7.
Local youth band the Hot Chilli Drummers will also get the opportunity to perform with the band.
The music is described as a joyous, multicultural fusion of world music and contemporary jazz.
Places at the workshop are limited, so call Lesley Buckley, Council's Cultural Development Officer on (02) 6670 2734.
Today a wetland and bird information walk will take place around Philp Parade from 9am.
To register call (02) 6670 2783.
On Thursday the Kingscliff Waste Water Treatment Plant will host an open day.