Kakatsitsi Education

Orkney Edu Hands in Air

With their roots in the fishing community of Jamestown, Kakatsitsi’s music takes rhythms and chants from the Ga tradition and combines them with music from other West African cultures in a modern and accessible way. Kakatsitsi seek to educate people in the social role of traditional African music and dance, portraying African culture in a positive way, and offering alternatives to images of Africa as primitive and conflict ridden.

Their approach is essentially participatory, and children are encouraged to find outlets for their creative potential, using existing techniques and styles as the basis for their own improvisations.  Through making music together the group also builds important skills of listening, concentration, teamwork and discipline.

The ideal format is for the group to spend a full day in each school, with a whole-school performance followed by four one 45-60 mins, hands-on workshops. The times given are approximate and can be adapted to suit the timetable of a school day / the ages of the children involved. Times and capacities also vary depending on the educational package booked.

Time Programme Capacity Duration Space Requirements
9.15-10    Performance Whole School 45-60mins School Hall
10.15 – 11.00    Workshop 1 60 children 45–60mins School Hall plus 1 nearby room
11.00-12.15    Workshop 2 60 children 45–60mins School Hall plus 1 nearby room
13.00 – 14.00    Workshop 3 60 children 50–60mins School Hall plus 1 nearby room
14.15 – 15.15    Workshop 4 60 children 50–60mins School Hall plus 1 nearby room

More information on Kakatsitsi’s educational work :

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