23 Jul AFROKICK 2018
A short review of the wonderful workshop day at Eef Bresser with AFROKICK 2018 in Mijnsheerenland. This mini festival has a beautiful tradition for years and years that it is held every few years. This edition was sun-drenched and with many different offerings. For me also a special edition because I also contributed for the first time with a balafoon workshop.
First time participation
Since two years I have been giving monthly lessons for the ‘Hoeksche Waard’ group in the studio of Eef on the Blaaksedijk. Now I was asked this time to provide a workshop at AFROKICK. The workshops Djembé, Doundoun, African Dance, song and Balafon were held at friendly neighbors in the direct surroundings of the Studio van Eef. I myself was allowed to give the workshop with my students in the studio itself. But on the 26th of May the summer was already well underway and we could play outside in the shade behind the farm.
With a nice group (Leon, Rob, Hanny, Paulien, Wendy, Ineke, Hans and Yvonne) we worked on the song ‘Sanata’ from Mali / Burkina Faso. In the accompanying song a boy is called to join the group of friends for an activity. Then is sung: He is there (‘Sanata’) already! Sanata is the name of a boy, which you can easily replace with other names in the song.
After the workshops a beer in the grass followed by a delicious African meal. Then the different groups could show what they had worked on. Successively, the various workshops came to different locations on the site with a presentation. We have let the audience sing along with the song of ‘Sanata’! Here a video with an impression of the day.