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FASDAD - Festival of African song, drum and dance


Sat 31 May 2014, 1:00pm–8:00pm
Sun 1 Jun 2014, 11:00am–6:00pm

Where: St John's in the City Presbyterian Church, 170 Willis Street., Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Day ticket: $50.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: CMJ

Over Queen's Birthday weekend, Community Music Junction invites you to sing, drum and dance with our two inspiring workshop leaders. Robert is from Ghana and Lala from Madagascar. They bring years of experience in varied forms of participatory music, performance and fun! All levels of experience welcome, all drums and instruments provided

Saturday 31st May 1 - 8pm The Gymnasium, St Johns in the City

Sunday 1st June 11am - 6pm Memorial Hall, Raumati South

$50 for one day or $85 for two days
Bookings through or 021 0767570

Robert Fugah is a professional drumming and dancing tutor and performer. He undertook professional African dance and drumming training in Accra, the capital of Ghana, at the Community Youth Cultural Centre under the government’s National Commission on Culture. Before coming to live in New Zealand he taught African dance and drumming for about 15 years in schools and to expatriates both in Ghana and abroad.

Shortly after Robert’s arrival in New Zealand, Community Music Junction brought him to Wellington to lead an evening workshop in drum and dance with around 30 participants. Robert quickly revealed himself to be a confident and expressive teacher and performer with an engaging rapport with everyone in the group. His teaching style is clear and well-grounded in the traditional music of his native Ghana, but he has adapted his resources to incorporate contemporary techniques and idioms that are easily accessed by amateur players here in New Zealand.

Robert has had great success running workshops in schools, colleges and adult communities in the Otago region, where he is currently living. His friendly and passionate interaction with groups has inspired many people to further their interests in African drumming and dance. By bringing Robert to Wellington once more; we hope to establish him as an important musical leader in our community music programmes and enable young people in particular to develop interest and experience in this exciting form of musical participation and recreation.

Lala Simpson
Lala, from Madagascar, considers herself lucky that she was born into a family and country where singing is present all the time. For most of her childhood she was part of a community folk dancing and singing group and later she was the lead vocalist in a local band. Since moving to New Zealand Lala continues to study music via a number of church and community choirs and instrumental ensembles. She is a member of the Song Leaders’ Network and currently works with the Wellington Community Children’s Choir, Wellington Young Voices, Karori West school choir. Lala teaches African dancing, the Children's Choir and is part of the Sing For Your Life song leading team at CMJ

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