Sunday, 28 February 2016

Drum festival in Little River

On a warm Sunday morning at the drum festival in little river the drums spoke of the Arabian nights awoken by the light bouncing off  the hills in Okuti valley in Little River

The belly dancers moving gracefully to the drums

Imagine listening to Koffie Fugah from Ghana who teaches many to pick up the rhythm by playing the African drum

Or to let it vibrate in your body learning the African dance

Moving on the beat in the shimmering light

while your feet brush up the dust 

The day ended with Japanese Taiko drumming by the  Takumi group from Christchurch

Taiko was used in ancient Japan nearly 2000 years ago. Taiko uses large drum and is used in religious ceremonies and on festivals. 

The Takumi group has 50 members. They practice twice a week for 2.5 hours and that shows

Michiko with the blue top is a friend who learned to master Taiko drumming since she came to NZ

Thanks to her and her family we were introduced to this amazing festival


  1. You left your husband at home--right?

  2. Great pics Marja.
    Sounds like a lovely way to spend a Sunday morning.
    Peggy xxxx

    1. Guess who played at the drum festival as well Celia :)

    2. I knew Celia goes to drum festivals but didn't realise she was at this one.
      Hope you guys were able to catch up. xxx

  3. Hi Marja - that looks just wonderful ... I'd have loved to have been there - and what a treat to attend ... brilliant photos too - we can feel the music coming through .. cheers Hilary

  4. Never been to a drum festival. I suppose the african rhytm and the japanese one are somewhat different.
    The belly dancers and the african style dancers are a delightful sight. Thanks for sharing.

  5. A wonderful day of different music from around the world Maria.
    I love the rhythm of the drums and the thought of brushing up the dust with your feet sounds fun!
    A great post which is all about the fun things in summer!

  6. Oh what energy is being created here Marja.. Thank you so much for sharing this, I can just imagine the atmosphere. Love and Hugs for a wonderful week Sue xxx

  7. Or to let it vibrate in your body learning the African dance

    The last time I tried to dance was on our trip to Puerto Rico, it was at a studio teaching the salsa. I don't want to say I was bad but they almost kicked my off the island.


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