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National Museum to host Drummers of Peace event

Bulawayo-based outfit Drums of Peace will on October 23 hold a Full Moon Celebration at the National Museum of History in the City of Kings and Queens.

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Formed in 2008, Drums of Peace will this year collaborate with Savhuka Dance Company that is leading the celebrations.

According to Lewis Ndlovu of Drums of Peace, the Full Moon Celebrations are meant to bring people together and celebrate life.
“We have been holding this event since 2009 and our target that year was to bring 80 drummers to participate,” said Ndlovu.

“We managed to get 90 drummers but the following year we managed to get 300 drummers instead of the targeted 800.”

In addition to this big event that’s held annually, Drums of Peace also performs at monthly events held to celebrate drummers.

The eight-member group has collaborated with Iyasa and Umkhathi for the monthly events.

“We chose the drum specifically because it is the heartbeat of our culture as Africans. The drum has always been a means of bringing people together.”

He said the 90-minute event would involve drumming and interactive movements led by Richard Ndlovu of Savhuka Dance Company.

Last year the cultural event managed to attract drummers from as far as the United States of America and South Africa.

“We had drummers in the USA and South Africa playing simultaneously with us and we had a great time,” said Ndlovu.

“Although our vision of bringing 800 drummers in 2010 failed, we were happy with the progress last year.”

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