Children feel the beat at Greenfield African drumming event

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Staff reporter (Leader Live)

EARPLUGS were at the ready as an African drumming event brought banging aplenty to a Flintshire beauty spot.

Children had the chance to create rhythms and beat drums during an African drum workshop at Greenfield Valley Museum and Heritage Park.

Delighted youngsters, aged between three and 11 years, enjoyed the free musical workshop.

African Drumming’s Debi Whittaker, of Chester, brought along hand-carved West African drums called djembes, which are made using the base of a tree trunk and goat skin, for the children to experiment with.

An African culture enthusiast, Debi led the children in joining together to create exciting and melodic patterns of sounds by striking the centre and edge of the drum skin or the side of the drum base with the palms of hands and the tips of fingers.

The traditional Gambian instruments were played enthusiastically throughout the three-hour event.

The drumming workshop was the latest in the Greenfield Valley Museum and Heritage Park’s programme of summer holiday events.

Earlier events have seen children get up close and personal with birds of prey, get a glimpse into the world of working shire horses and make shadow puppets.

l Visit www.greenfieldvalley.com or call  01352 714172 to find out what’s on.

Some activities require booking ahead.

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