Suggested area of studies:
Music - Organising Sounds, Listening, Performing, Meter & Rhythm.

Shekere “pronounced She-Ka-Re” is the name of the African percussion instrument made from the dried fruit of the gourd vine and loosely covered with a wide decorative band of beads. The sound is produced by holding the outer cover of beads in one hand and twisting the gourd across them or simply shaking the entire instrument.

Shekere Beats samples the various African rhythms (predominantly 6/8 time) produced by the shekere and other percussion instruments. After establishing each beat Jonas adds the vocals to produce the completed song. A number of songs are produced in this way and African links are shown to many well known popular modern songs. While watching and listening to Jonas is always a pleasure there is nothing quite like joining in, and Jonas has just the instruments and offers ample opportunity for your students to demonstrate their musical prowess. With Jonas’s quirky African style, numerous drums and percussion instruments, guitar and uniquely African wood and seed-pod xylophone, Shekere Beats is both a great exploration into the world of live music and a wonderful glimpse into another culture.

Jonas speaks a number of different languages and teaches students a few new words with the entire audience repeating the African word for a number of the instruments and props he uses. With the retelling of short stories, from his childhood of lions and their prey, life in Ghana and his journey from Africa to Australia, students gain an understanding of African culture.

Jonas Tandoh was born in Ghana and has been a full time musician since the age of seventeen. He has played in numerous bands both here and overseas. As a founding member of the group Kalabash, Jonas toured widely with bands such as Osibisa and Ziggy Marley. Jonas is also a composer of many recorded songs and has been touring into schools for over twenty years.

What other schools have said:

What a happy chappy spreading fun, music, culture, beat, rhythem. We need him to come back - tomorrow!
Mark Moore. Yr 1 & 2. Holy spirit Primary School. Lavington. NSW. 17th August 2012.

Children were actively involved in the show at all times. Gave interesting information about African culture and his instruments, how they were made, what they were used for etc. A great mix of talking /listening and dancing/action. Children were enthralled as he told the story of lion, monkey and antelope. Introduced children to the language i.e. how to say ‘thank you’ which they found very interesting.
Kirsty Brown. K to 6. Kurri Kurri Public School. Kurri Kurri. NSW. 26th June 2012.

Fantastic performer. He adjusted his program to allow our students to interact and take turns. The pace was flowing - no waiting time - it was the best performance our students have experienced in a long time.
Sally Hawthorne. K to 12. Broderick Gillawarner School. Revesby. NSW. 20th March 2012.

Handled the large crowd well. A variety of music and movement. Lots of opportunity to participate.
Simone Hall. Preps to 6. Puckapunyal Primary School. VIC. 1st March 2012.

Cost: $4.40 per student ($4.00 + $0.40 GST).
Minimum Audience Size: 120 students.
Requires a performing area 4m deep x 5m wide.
Times: Show is 50 minutes long. 20 minutes to set up and pack up.
Suitable: Years 7 to 10.
Jonas Tandoh ABN: 97 218 572 766

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