Honorably, Centre of National Culture, the official organization in Ghana, Africa, has approved Active Concept as the very first cultural organization in Asian region.
Thanks to the Centre of National Culture, Active Concept is assisted in many ways to import African drums (Djembe) as well as other musical instruments from Ghana. We also have professional performers to lead all our programmes under the African culture series. We will also invite guest tutors form Africa to hold workshops in Hong Kong regularly. We are to ensure that all the participants are fully absorbed into the African culture!
B. Features In recent years,Oulamii Sooj African Drum and Dance Academy come all the way to Hong Kong to present its own unique performing style. The use of musical instruments and body parts, the powerful dances as well as the beautiful songs presents a special visual and sensational experience to the audiences. Every move expresses the unique cultural significance; it is more than simply an entertainment.
Simon Kwame HORKUChief Instructor & Master Drummer
Samuel Kwashie HORKUDrummer & Dancer
John Mawukwenya HORKUDrummer
C. Participating Organizations With the increasing attention paid on African dance and music in Asian region, hundreds of people have been participated in our programmers conducted by instructors from Oulamii Sooj African Drum and Dance Academy. Today, our participants include kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, educational organizations, NGOS, social and religious organizations, commercial organizations and so on.
D. Principals Among the many African musical instruction, Djembe is one of the best well-known. We encourage participants to have a more comprehensive understanding on African music as well as its culture. Therefore, we encourage participants to try different musical instruments, songs and dances, to create an integrated performance!
Personal Growth To develop interpersonal skills of cooperation, and enhance self-confidence
Musical Strength To enhance the sense of rhythm, as well as eye-hand coordination
Emotional Management To relieve daily tension and enhance problem-solving skills
F. Teaching and Learning Process
Foundation Level Handling the basic skills of playing djembe
Intermediate Level Integrating with other music instruments
Performance Level Learning how to perform with African music
G. Musical Instruments
The majority of African music relies heavily on the playing of drums. It is also characterized by an intense rhythmic playing style.
It is the most popular drum in West Africa. This skin-covered hand drum produces a remarkably flexible range of tones. Today, the Djembe is gaining significant popularity throughout the world as a great addition to drumming circles, rituals, gatherings or to play alone.
Our Djembes are truly hand-made, imported from Ghana, Africa. They are made by very talented African drummers in the traditional methods.
They are drums for more advance level. It combines a set of high, middle and low tones of drums, to express the tuning function. They look and sound wonderful, and produce great performances with Djembes.