Creating the sound of West Africa through Boomwhackers
Creating the sound of West Africa through Boomwhackers

When Ilkeston School and Specialist Arts College asked us to provide Boomwhacker workshops for their International Week we were very excited. The whole involved not only workshops for their Year 8 students but also for children who attend seven of their feeder primary schools. The reason we were particlulalry excited was that we had developed some exciting musical arrangements with Boomwhackers and the International  Week was a perfect opportunity to try these arrangments out. We have been using Boomwhackers for education and corporate events for years and have always been attracted to the way it can simulate African poly-rhythms. As the tubes are pitched differently it is easy for people to distinguish the different rhythm parts being played. This time however we made use of some extra notes from the Boomwhacker spectrum outside of the standard C Major pentatonic scale. By applying the F and B flat Boomwhackers to our musical arrangements we managed to give the Boomwhackers a more West African sound using the Dorian scale - a classic minor scale heard in Mali, West Africa. The results sound absolutely amazing!

Click on the links below to hear some of the results:

African Boomwhacker workshop with Year 8s at Ilkeston School

Mali Style Boomwhacker workshop with Year 2s at Chaucer Infants School

We're looking forward to more Boomwhacker workshops this month when we  go to Kilnhurst Primary in Rotherham, South Yorkshire and St. Giles and St. Georges Primary School in Newcastle Under Lyme in Staffordshire!

Find out more about our African drumming and Boomwhacker workshops in Schools.

Or contact us to discuss how African rhythm and Boomwhackers can create a beat sensation at your school!