Music, dance and drama

by Kimberley Cummins

Excited faces.
Excited faces.

Today was a day like none other at the Ellerton Primary School.

It was filled with fun and excitement as the students culminated weeks of research on Africa with a day packed with music, dance, drama and the sounds of the African drums at the school in Ellerton in St. George.

This was the second year celebrating African Awareness and the research the young ones did tracing the footsteps of the tribes of Africa from past to present was most evident.

From the detailed spears, masks, shields and costumes which represented various tribes, including Zulu, Ashanti, Maasai and Yoruba, which was created by the tots in the infants department and the special unit, with some assistance to the beautiful African garments and hairstyles they paraded.

In classrooms there were displays of information on such noted black persons as “the father of Independence” and National Hero, Errol Barrow, food enthusiast, Carmeta Fraser, US president Barack Obama, and American human right icons Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King.

African artefacts, some made from mahogany and ivory, jewellery from Cameroon and clothing from Zambia were also showcased; and of course the children had a ball when it was time to sample Afro-Caribbean dishes.

The entertainment package excited the students even more, as they were treated to guest performances from the Pinelands Creative Workshop, Dr. Lindo Carrington in her Child You Are Perfect spoken word piece as well as Ian Marshall in his interactive session discussing the important of tracing one’s heritage.

Since home drums ought to beat the loudest, when the infant students recited a poem called Walking Through the Jungle,†the special unit performed a dramatic piece on Ben Carson and the Ellerton Stars moved their bodies in an African Dance, the response from the audience was overwhelming.

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