Sekgura – Ghana Percussion Concert

Thomas Sekgura, Ghana’s premier traditional percussionist, played a concert at St Peter’s on Sunday Oct 12th at 7.30pm. He was accompanied by Rebecca Burch, who is spending 2 years with Thomas in Ghana, doing masterclasses in the Gyil, a Ghanaian xylophone.

There was a collection during the evening to support Thomas’ continuing work in Ghana, and some hand-made goods made by Thomas and his friends were also on sale.

The traditional Ghanaian percussion music had strong rhythms, and patterns which crossed over each other, and yet it just kept on going. Thomas explained in between each piece of music, that there are two types of music in Ghana: music for funerals, to help people grieve by getting angry; and music for entertainment.

Photo: Thomas plays the Gyil

Thomas plays the Gyil

Photo: Bex plays the Gyil, accompanying Thomas Sekgura

Bex plays the Gyil, accompanying Thomas Sekgura

Photo: Thomas and Bex perform, while the audience listen in church

Thomas and Bex perform, while the audience listen in church

Photo: Bex and Thomas present a gift from Thomas to Chris Burch (our Vicar, and Bex's Dad)

Bex and Thomas present a gift from Thomas to Chris Burch (our Vicar, and Bex’s Dad)

This entry is dated Monday, October 13th, 2008 at 10.35pm and is filed under News.

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