“Teranga” is a Senegalese word that loosely translates as “hospitality,” yet, the concept is well beyond that literal translation. It’s more of a philosophical code, it is really, a very strong social value, where families invite strangers in need into their homes.
The practice is based on the belief that if a family helps a visitor and extends such hospitality, this ensures that their own children will never find themselves away from home without assistance. If everyone does it, everyone benefits. That is what Kai Fech wants to convey with its music, it wants to welcome people in. We hope that all of us musicians are good hosts.
Besides singing and dancing, the traditional percussion instruments used by Kai Fech include the sabar drums, tama or talking drum, djembe, doundoun and balafon because rhythm is the essence of Senegalese music. It also incorporates the traditional Fula or African flute, plus the sousaphone for added depth.
All children are given the chance to play the instruments, as well as being taught simple body percussion rhythms making this a truly interactive experience for all the children.
The musicians who make up the group will invite the students to an afternoon in Africa. It’s leader, is a Senegalese griot. Traditionally Griots are hereditary praise singers and master drummers who taught history, ethics and religion through their songs. The musicians will take the children on a journey through song and dance into the heart of Senegalese culture, teaching them along the way that they too can connect with their inner rhythm.
Kai Fech is able to offer single interactive drumming and dance workshops for children from K to 12, as well as regular African Drum and Dance workshops for children of all ages.Please contact us for rates. We are able to cater for all sizes of groups and have the perfect fit for your needs.
Kindergarten, Primary Stage 1 (Y1-2), Primary Stage 2 (Y3-4), Primary Stage 3 (Y5-6), Secondary Stage 4 (Y7-8), Secondary Stage 5 (Y9-10), Secondary Stage 6 (Y11-12)