Friday, October 10, 2014
Dr. Bob presented a clinic called “African Drums and Percussion in published High School Choral Music” for the North Mississippi Music Educators Association Teacher Workshop on Friday, October 10th. Regina Weeks and Joel Barron hosted the event held at Starkville High School. Dr. Bob talked about Ubuntu and Ladysmith Black Mambazo and led the participants in the singing of several arrangements of songs from South Africa including “Siyahamba,” “Babethandaza,” and “Sing We all Noel (African Noel and Siyahamba).” The participants added percussion instruments including bells, claves, rattles, and a wide variety of drums to the songs. In some cases the songs were published with notated percussion parts. One publication provided suggestions for percussion parts as wells as directions to “use your imagination! Add as many percussion instruments as you like. Let your students create rhythms that complement the song.” Dr. Bob’s workshop focused on the music of South Africa but he also gave the participants information and materials about the music of West Africa (i.e. Ghana).