GALLERY: School moves to African beat for Black History Month

Pupils at Rushmoor School were treated to a day of African drumming as the highlight of a week learning about African culture.

The children learnt about the drum and its rhythms and cues, as well as having a couple of breathers, with Gaspard Zamble, who hails from the Ivory Coast.

Rushmore School pupils learn African drumming with Gaspard Zamble, of Zamble African Dance company as part of Black History Month, 2015 PNL-151020-124537001

Rushmore School pupils learn African drumming with Gaspard Zamble, of Zamble African Dance company as part of Black History Month, 2015 PNL-151020-124537001

He used the instrument to explain facts and stories about West Africa and its culture, during the workshop, on Friday (October 16).

The children were excited to show their excellent new drumming skills to their peers and teachers at an assembly the end of the day.

The school, in Shakespeare Road, Bedford, held a series of arts drama and music workshops based on African culture as part of the annual Black History Month.

Gaspard Zamble is the founder and director of Zamble African Dance Company. He is a skilled dance practitioner with more than 17 years’ professional experience teaching, choreographing and performing traditional African dance.
See www.bedfordtoday.co.uk for gallery of photos from the day