Suggested area of studies:
Cultures; Identities; Languages; Traditions; Customs; Cultural Influence; Cultural Diversity and Cultural Perceptions; Linguistics; Cultural Understanding.

Get your students up and beating out and dancing to their own African Rhythms.

Ghana Beat My Drum incorporates audience participation, singing, dancing and drumming to leave audiences feeling exhilarated and inspired as well as enlightened in the ways and culture of Africa and more particularly Ghana.

Jonas teaches students words from the local languages, Ga Tui Mzema and Effutu and with their newly learnt words Jonas gets the entire audience participating in traditional call and response songs.

Students lean about many traditional African instruments that are made from easily found natural resources.

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.

Add to all this Jonas’ wide smile and infectious laugh and what you get is a truly memorable, lively and uplifting, feel good show.

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 other schools have said:
Fun, engaging, active! Both students and teachers absolutely loved it! Some students said they wanted to go to Ghana. Jonas had fantastic crowd control filled with joy. We would love to have Jonas back! Matthew Steadman. Sunrise Christian College. Paradise. SA. 20/3/2013.

Engaged students well, good explanations given to students about the instruments. Great audience participation, a very well organized and interesting show. Well done. Georgette Moore. K to Yr 6. Boat Harbour Primary School. Boat Harbour. TAS. 22/5/2013.

The man was a great communicator with the students and the students just loved hearing the different beats he played. He got them dancing and got some kids up to have a go. A happy, friendly guy! Monique Reid. K to Yr 6. Circular Head Christian School. Smithton. TAS. 24/5/2013.

Cost: $4.40 per student ($4.00 + $0.40 GST).
Suitable: Preps, K to Year 10.
Minimum Audience Size: 120 students.
Requires an indoor performance area 4m deep x 5m wide.
Times: Show: 45 minutes. Set up: 20 minutes. Pack up: 20 minutes.
Jonas Tandoh ABN: 97 218 572 766

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