Kakatsitsi Education

Orkney Edu Hands in Air

“ Thank you for the performance yesterday, it was magical. The spontaneous applause and cheering from the children at the end said it all. A lot of the children were fascinated by the box drum made out of plywood, and a number of classes came back to school and searched the classrooms to see what objects they could use as a drum. Life- long memories and experiences are one of the best things we can give to children during their time in  school”.

Ian Robinson, Headmaster, Monkton Heathfield Primary School

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.

TimeProgrammeCapacityDurationSpace Requirements
9.15-10   PerformanceWhole School45-60minsSchool Hall
10.15 – 11.00   Workshop 160 children45–60minsSchool Hall plus 1 nearby room
11.00-12.15   Workshop 260 children45–60minsSchool Hall plus 1 nearby room
13.00 – 14.00   Workshop 360 children50–60minsSchool Hall plus 1 nearby room
14.15 – 15.15   Workshop 460 children50–60minsSchool Hall plus 1 nearby room

More information on Kakatsitsi’s educational work :

Educational Performance         Educational Workshops

Links with the National Curriculum       Links with the Curriculum for Excellence

Links with the Irish Republic Curriculum

Meeting the Need                                Rhythm and Health

“WOW! What an absolutely INCREDIBLE day and experience we had yesterday with Kakatsitsi – an AMAZING drumming group visiting from Ghana! The children and staff were so fortunate to share the amazing talent, music, culture and positive energy from these fabulous people. From the moment the first drum was played to the final beat of the last performance, the day was full of dance, laughter and very happy faces. A truly unforgettable experience that we will be repeating for sure!”

Boyton Primary School, Cornwall