On Monday, October 31, 2016, the Japanese drum group HA.YA.To held workshops in 2 schools in Lilongwe - International Christian Academy and Cherub Private School. The drummers gave an exciting performance, explained about Japanese drums, and also taught the students how to play the drums. Students from both schools were very excited to not only listen to but also try playing the Japanese drums, and learn about Japanese culture through music. The teachers also tried beating the drums!
Workshop at the International Christian Academy
Students learning how to hold the sticks
Drummers instruct the students to play together following the beat
Mr. Chinjati, Principal (Center) also tries learning how to beat the drums
Students enjoying the workshop
Workshop at Cherub Private School
Dynamic demonstration by HA.YA.TO
Students surprised by the dynamic sounds of the drums
Explanation of the different types of drums
Students experiencing how to play the drums
Grand Finale: Students came up on the stage to dance along to the rhythms of the drums performed by the drummers
About the Performers
HA・YA・TO is a Japanese drums unit of three brothers, Keita Kanazashi, Ryota Kanazashi, and Yuta Kanazashi. While embracing the traditional sounds of Japanese drums, the group aims to create a new harmony only brothers are capable of creating, and deliver their wadaiko (Japanese drums) music to many audiences.
Since forming the group in 2001, HA・YA・TO has performed in many concerts both in Japan and abroad. The group first toured in Africa in 2006 when they collaborated with the world renowned sabar musician, late Doudou N’Diaye Rose in Senegal. On this second Africa tour, the group performed in concerts and workshops in Angola and Mozambique before coming to Malawi, the final stop of the tour.
Official Website of HA.YA.TO: http://ha-ya-to.com