Ghana Beat My Drum

Curriculum Relevance:

Music: Organising Sounds, Listening, Performing, Meter & Rhythm. HSIE, LOTE, SOSE: Cultures, Identities, Languages, Traditions, Customs, Linguistics, Cultural Influence, Diversity, Perceptions and Understanding.

Get your students up and dancing as others beat out their own,
newly learnt, African rhythms.

Shekere “pronounced She-Ka-Re” is the name of the African percussion instrument made from the dried fruit of the gourd vine and loosely covered with a wide decorative band of beads. The sound is produced by holding the outer cover of beads in one hand and twisting the gourd across them or simply shaking the entire instrument.

Shekere Beats samples the various African rhythms (predominantly 6/8 time) produced by the shekere and other percussion instruments. After establishing each beat Jonas adds the vocals to produce the completed song. A number of songs are produced in this way and African links are shown to many well known popular modern songs. While watching and listening to Jonas is always a pleasure there is nothing quite like joining in, and Jonas has just the instruments and offers ample opportunity for your students to demonstrate their musical prowess. With Jonas’s quirky African style, numerous drums and percussion instruments, guitar and uniquely African wood and seed-pod xylophone, Shekere Beats is both a great exploration into the world of live music and a wonderful glimpse into another culture.

Jonas speaks a number of different languages and teaches students a few new words with the entire audience repeating the African word for a number of the instruments and props he uses. With the retelling of short stories from his childhood of lions and their prey, life in Ghana and his journey from Africa to Australia, students gain an understanding of African culture.

Jonas Tandoh was born in Ghana and has been a full time musician since the age of seventeen. He has played in numerous bands both here and overseas. As a founding member of the group Kalabash, Jonas toured widely supporting bands such as Osibisa and Ziggy Marley. Jonas is also a composer of many recorded songs and has been touring into schools for over twenty years.

What schools have said:

Great show! We love Jonas! Jonas adapts his show to suit our students with special needs. All students respond positively and with enthusiasm to his playing. Jonas brings amazing energy to our school and he engaged the students beautifully.

Lucy Egger. K-6. St Lucy's School. NSW. May 2018.

Excellent management of the enthusiastic audience. Very engaging and very informative - including history, geography and cultural learning. Great level of audience participation.

Audrey Fine. 5-6. Beaumaris North Primary School. VIC. Mar 2018.

Price: $5.50 per student ($5.00 + $0.50 GST).

Suitable: Preps, K to Year 12.

Minimum Audience Size: 130 students.

Times: Show: 45 minutes. Set up: 20 minutes. Pack up: 20 minutes.

Requires an indoor performing area 4m deep x 5m wide.

Jonas Tandoh ABN: 97 218 572 766

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Book by phone (toll free): 1800 221 509