This afternoon has been very special for our music students at the Vuyani Primary School, in Gugulethu (Imvula Music Program), as they received the visit of three amazing musicians from the Republic Democratic of the Congo: Mermans Mosengo, from the Playing For Change Band, Papy « Fou de Son », and Glody, a young and talented drummer who also lives in Cape Town. After their regular dance class, the students sat for a music workshop that introduced them to three musical genres: the blues, the Congolese rumba and the reggae, demonstrated by our three Congolese friends.
During one hour and a half, the young audience experienced a live musical journey between Africa and America. Songs that made the history of blues and reggae, such as Fannie Mae, No Woman No Cry, and Three Little Birds, came along with a demonstration and overview of the Congolese music. Regardless if any of the kids will remember who B.B. King or Bob Marley are, or what is the capital of the Congo, they’ll keep this joyful moment in their memories, as well as some of the rhythms and melodies. “One good thing about music, when it hits, you feel no pain.”
After this heartfelt masterclass conducted by Mermans, the students had to express themselves, show what they were capable of and join the party. The dance and the percussion took over and led to an expected moment of joy and happiness.
Music is the Key
>After the workshop...
>A short drive in the streets of Gugulethu