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

Gets students up and beating out their own African Rhythms

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:
"Excellent. FANTASTIC! The students were so engaged. Everyone was up and dancing! The kids wanted more - they all danced out the door!" Alison Rivett. K to Yr 6. The Sir Henry Parkes Memorial School. Tenterfield. NSW. 21/8/13.

"Great performance that had every student (and teacher) moving. Thanks for sharing your heritage with us" Jane Harvey. K to Yr 7. Capella State School. QLD. 13/8/13.

"Excellent. The African beat aroused all students and teachers. We were all up and dancing! (1 teacher took to the stage) - he also had a blind girl drumming and a deaf boy dancing! Everyone loved the performance" Great role model for all new arrivals to Aust - enjoying his new country (and language) but at the same time passionate about sharing his culture and musical background from Africa." Dorothy Raymond. K to Yr 6. Kingston Primary School. TAS. 4/6/13.

"Excellent. Fantastic!!!! Brilliant performer, he gave so much joy, laughter and entertainment across the year range" So much student/staff involvement. So happy!" Anne Green. K to Yr 17 .Murray Bridge South Primary School. SA. 19/3/13.

"An engaging programme that kept the interest of students from K-12 (plus Staff!). Good mix of drumming, singing, comments about the culture of Africa and involving the students." John Fraser. K to Yr 12. Binnaway Central School. NSW. 28/8/13.

Very engaging. Good balance between student involvement, factual information and musicianship. Most enjoyable - especially significant. Jeanette Emery. Preps to Yr 10. Kingston Community Primary. Kingston. SA. 21/3/2013.

Cost: $4.40 per student ($4.00 + $0.40 GST).
Suitable: Preps, K to Year 12.
Minimum Audience Size: 120 students.
Requires an indoor performance area 4m deep x 5m wide.
Times: Show: 50 minutes. Set up: 20 minutes. Pack up: 20 minutes.
Jonas Tandoh ABN: 97 218 572 766

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