On Monday, the 25th of January, each class group in TY were treated to an African drumming workshop, hosted by Tribal Spirit Drumming. African drumming has become a growing trend in Ireland, and drumming workshops have become an annual part of CPC's Transition Year Program.
The drumming workshop was hosted by a lovely woman named Deirdre. The group organising the workshop brought a number of different drums and small percussion instruments with them for us to try out. Each student had the chance to play a Djeme drum, a rope-tuned skin-covered drum that originates from West Africa. Deirdre gave us a brief talk on the history of the drums and how they produce their sound. She taught us how to hold the drum properly, and how to make slightly different sounds and pitches by striking different parts of the drum.
She then went through a number of different rhythms for us to play together. We even did a small bit of African tribal singing, which was really fun! African drumming is becoming quite popular, with different classes and workshops popping up around the country. From first hand experience, it is very fun and very therapeutic. The drums produced a rich and satisfying noise, which was very relaxing to both listen to and tap out with your hands. All our stresses melted away as we filled the room with beautiful African beats and songs.
For more information on African drumming classes and workshops, check out: www.tribalspiritdrumming.org
(Written by Cathal McMahon, Photography by Áine Budds)