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Udu

The Place, The People Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa, and the eighth in the world. The landscape varies from savannah to desert and rainforest. Substantial oil reserves have helped make the economy one of the most successful in Africa. The largest ethnic groups are the Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba peoples, all of which can trace their origins at least to the 2nd millennium BC.

The Music Udu are clay drums originally from Nigeria, also made and used in Brazil; they have been adopted all over the world by percussionists in all styles. As with other African music, the texture is layered and polyrhythmic, with several independent parts interlocking. Use is also made of the different pitches that the Udu are capable of producing.

The Workshop Students learn to produce the varied tones of the Udu made possible using both the bowl and soundholes, as in playing, the resonant tone of the air chamber is modulated by covering the tuned aperture with the hand. Playing is in ensemble with independent parts layered together, with opportunities for composition and improvisation.

Workshop - A 1/2 day of sessions with tutor £180. A full day of sesions with tutor £295

Residency - A 1/2 term of weekly sessions with tutor and drums which stay at school, 6 x 1/2 days £695

Sessions may run from 35 to 55 minutes, depending on the age group, and fit with the school timetable where possible. The time may be used in many ways; often schools want every class to have at least one contact so everyone has an opportunity to share the excitement. This has been very successful at KS1 with some classes having more if time allows. Alternatively, and especially at KS2, schools may have particular groups work intensively with contact every week or fortnight, allowing a more thorough programme in which students learn and perform very exciting and chellenging material. We also encourage a performance towards the end of a project.

For bookings and information please contact Kathy Moore on 023 8065 2037 or e-mail: kathy.moore@hants.gov.uk