Learn how to play the traditional 24 Festive Drums and get into the rhythm of this truly Malaysian cultural art form.
Drums produce a raw, primitive sound that naturally reminds us of our heartbeat. They can be used to tell a story, unbounded by language, and it is this artistic potential that led to the rise of drum theatre.
Orang Orang Drum Theatre is an ensemble of drummers who combines the art of drumming with theatrical elements such as acting and dancing, creating a new art genre called drum theatre.
In this session, you will learn the basics of drumming, and how to unleash your creativity with the beats of your drum. Once you get familiar, you will be guided by an experienced drummer in a lesson on the 24 festive drums. Created by two Malaysians, the concept of the 24 festive drums represents the cycle of 24 festivals in the lunar calendar, each with their own unique style.
Through the harmonized sound you produce, you can get a sense of Malaysian Chinese culture, one beat at a time.
Learn the Malaysian Chinese traditional 24 festive drums
This 1.5 hours session consists of several games and drumming activities that will make you feel like a pro! Start off with some fun and interactive warm-up games, followed by a brief introduction on the Chinese traditional 24 festive drums. From this session, you will learn the brief history of the Malaysian Chinese, and how the 24 festive drums came about. Then, proceed to learning the basics of drumming, and several basic rhythmic techniques. Be sure to let your creativity run wild. By the end of the session, you might even be able to perform a mini drum show!
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