Opening Asia for Russia

African drums unite "Children of Eurasia"

16.09.2020 107 просмотров

The XV International Festival of Children's and Youth Media "Sunflower", one of the events of the Humanitarian Project of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly "Children of Eurasia", this year was dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory.


About how African soldiers fought against the Nazis, Ebrima Mbenga told the Children of Eurasia (Gambia).

One of the highlights festival was a masterclass from the international Mbenga family. Mom Xenia, dad Ebrima and two-year-old kid Kirill showed how to play African djembe drums. Ebrima comes from a large family and is the eldest of six siblings.

He also spoke about the drums he brings from his homeland, West Africa. “Djembe are real drums,” says Ebrima. “They have always been the tools of the winners and brought people together.” The drums are made of mahogany wood. In order for the drum to really sound, you need to choose the right tree. The drums are covered with goat skin, and the way the ropes are stretched also affects the sound of the instrument. For the correct game, it is important to know the three types of strokes - and you can play. Everyone learned to play the drums at the master class: both adults and children.

Ebrima also sang a song in his native language. He sang that he was born and raised in Africa, came to Russia and now his homeland is here.

Alena Selezneva

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