AFRICAN EXPERIENCE

West Sussex Music asked me to teach KS2 level African drumming to numerous schools in the county. My stance on teaching African drumming is to provide students with all fundamentals of traditional African music. After emphasising the importance of my knowledge to the management team, I was given the freedom to create a curriculum to embody the three aspects of African traditional music -- drumming, dancing, and singing.

The music on this album are songs I composed for this venture. A video is in the making comprising all the dances that accompany all the songs on the album and will be made available when ready.

CREDITS

DOWNVIEW PRIMARY SCHOOL, BOGNOR REGIS

Abi Pacey, Abbie Miles, Abbie Peart, Abby Swanton, Amy Reddie, Benjy Bishop, Ben Purkis, Caralina Ross, Charlie Cogger, Ella Alderson, Ellie Smith Hardy, Emily McNestrie, Esme Carrick Baker, Evan Copeland, Isobel Seal, Isobel Wiltshire, Izzy Saunders, Jade Fenton, Jamie Denman, Katie Mayger, Katie Thomas, Katya Farndell, Lauren Tate, Louis Saunders, Megan Gough, Millie

Cooter, Molly Oliver, Nathan Thompson, Rhys Nicholas, Saskia Leach, Tom Pullen.

 

FITTLEWORTH C. E. VILLAGE SCHOOL

Daphne Fieldhouse.

 

LANGLEY GREEN PRIMARY SCHOOL, CRAWLEY

Alice Giddings, Bradley Aglae, Darshan Sharma, Isha Jechand, Jack Langridge, Malaika Khan, Rebecca Beagles, Suhana Parekh.

 

MIDHURST ROTHER COLLEGE

Amber Hill, Anja Blackwell, Cameron Gibbon, Jacob Calvo Pengold, Catriona Gibbon, Lucy Van Zwanenberg, Dominic Van Zwanenberg.

 

ST MARY’S CofE PRIMARY SCHOOL, WASHINGTON

Amy Good, George Brignall Mcdougall, James Willitt, Kate Armstrong, Katie Jones, Matthew Boys, Nicholas Vohagadane, Pebbles Gilmartin, Sam Boyd, Samuel Algord, Thomas Prior.

 

TANGMERE ACADEMY

Liam Brady.

 

WALBERTON AND BINSTED PRIMARY SCHOOL

Emily Seehawong, Keely Irish, Nia Edwards, Scarlett Taylor-Jones.

 

GRATITUDE

My sincere and greatest thanks to the following people, organisations and schools without whom none of these songs would have come about:

 

JULIET ROBINSON, Midhurst Intermediate School

MELANIE FULLER, Dunhurst, Bedales Junior School

CHRISTOPHER MAHY, WSCC Music Service

ROGER CROCKER, WSCC Music Service

BISHOP TUFNELL PRIMARY, Bognor Regis

DOWNVIEW PRIMARY SCHOOL, Bognor Regis

DUNHURST, Bedales Junior School, Petersfield

LANGLEY GREEN PRIMARY SCHOOL, Crawley

MIDHURST ROTHER COLLEGE, Midhurst

NORTHGATE PRIMARY SCHOOL, Crawley

PORTFIELD ACADEMY, Chichester

ST MARY’S CofE PRIMARY SCHOOL, Washington, Storrington

TANGMERE ACADEMY, Tangmere, Chichester
WALBERTON & BINSTED CofE PRIMARY SCHOOL, Walberton

WARNHAM PRIMARY SCHOOL, Warnham

UPPER BEEDING PRIMARY SCHOOL, Upper Beeding, Steyning

 

My greatest thanks to all the Head Teachers and teachers for your faith, enthusiasm, help, respect, support and LOVE during my years of teaching at your school, very greatly appreciated and also my sincere and loving thanks to you all for giving me the opportunity of presenting Africa in a great positive light as opposed to the stereotype of wars, famines and political instability associated with Africa.

Note: In the production of this album, in accordance with African culture, all the children who took part in the African Experience were giving the chance to partake in the recording. There were no auditions to pick only the most talented children as is usual in the West. For in the true African traditional spirit, drumming, dancing and singing is inherent in all human beings and one’s ability to take part in music is more important than “I can only take part because I am the best.”

 

All songs composed by Kristian Bediiako, except 5 which is traditional, arranged by Kristian Bediiako

 

All songs produced by Kristian Bediiako
Songs recorded at Humber Recording Studios, London, SE3

Engineer: Ian Tompson
And at Ford Lane Recording Studio, Ford, West Sussex

Engineer: Rob Quickenden
Artwork by Oliver van Zwanenberg

All rights reserved. Unauthorised duplication is a violation of applicable laws. The copyright in all these sound recordings is owned by Kristian Bediiako

© 2021 Kristian Bediiako

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