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Special music lesson

Music is the universal language.

No matter where one is from, where you travel or with whom you socialise, it speaks – and is understood. Through its melody, the rhythms, the tone, the vibrations of the drums…

As the Gordon Walters Primary School continue their Black History month celebrations, students there received an enlightened education on the subject. The St. Patricks, Christ Church school was this afternoon reverberating with sounds from all genres of music – salsa, reggae, dub, calypso, rhythm and blues, pop, even South Korean sensation, Psy was heard, all part of the lesson.

The session, which was conducted by Len Senhtwali, dealt primarily with African instruments, including the clave, sanza, shekere and the rain stick, and he showed the students how Africa influenced everything.

From the look of the many excited faces, it could be said that it was a successful day. The young ones were able to listen intently to each genre and identify the African instrument in each instance, while still singing along to the hits.

Teacher at the school, Cherry-Ann Layne, told Barbados TODAY she was very proud of the event. She said it was the first year the school celebrated Black History Month and they decided to put it into action as a way to sensitise the children on the significant roles many black people played in creating history.

Activities will continue throughout this month and will culminate on February 27 with an African dress day and mini concert. (KC)†

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