Sunday, December 8, 2019
Professor Bob presented a hands-on musical experience in African drumming on December 5th for fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students at Belle-Shivers Middle School in Aberdeen, MS. The students learned basic techniques for playing African drums, bells, rattles and other percussion instruments. The students played in-the-moment improvisations based on foundations in traditional African and African diaspora rhythms such as kuku, fanga, luba, toro, conga, bamboula, samba, and son clave. The students also sang and danced with some of the drum pieces. Dr. Bob was invited to present these classes by Halle Mims, music teacher at Belle-Shivers, who is also a graduate student at MSU taking classes towards a master’s degree in music education. Several principals and teachers including band directors Kenneth Clay and C. J. Gusmus attend the program.