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Janggu: Drumming creates sense of rhythm, says William



In Africa, drums hold a deeper symbolic and historical meaning. Drums are almost always an accompaniment for any manner of ceremony –births, marriages, and so on. The sound of many drums pounding together is also a necessary instalment to stir up emotions or to inspire excitement and passion. The drum is a member of the percussion group of musical instruments.

Across cultures, drums are often used in music therapy, especially hand drums, because of their tactile nature and easy use by a wide variety of people. It also gives the drummer and even the dancer coordination and sense of rhythm over time. But beyond this, drums – traditional drums – promote cultural dialogues and peace between nations, as recently displayed at the graduation ceremony of the participants of this year’s edition of Recently, Janggu Drum training workshop, facilitated by one of Nigeria’s leading drummers, Isioma Williams, in collaboration with the South Korean Embassy, Abuja, Nigeria.

The Janggu is the most representative drum in traditional Korean music. It is available in most kinds, and consists of an hourglass-shaped body with two heads made from animal skin Inspired by his encounter with this traditional Korean hourglass-shaped drum, in 2013 when he participated in the cultural exchange initiative at the National Museum of Krea in Seoul, upon his return to Nigeria, he decided to share the knowledge with others, giving cultural values both ways.

The graduation ceremony, held at the Little Theatre of Artiste Village, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), National Theatre, Lagos, provided the platform for the 50 Janggu workshop participants – among them, professional dancers – to showcase their skills over three-month long rigorous training during the workshop by Williams.

Clad in colourful and fascinating Korean-styled traditional garments, they mounted the stage, each carrying a Janngu drum and the drumsticks. As it turned out, the ceremony was as inspiring as it was entertaining. They showed how the drum can also be adapted top various Nigerian music, including Afro-pop, rap, Fuji, and folksongs.

The audience was treated to rich display of creativity and culture. The workshop, Williams said, is “intended to teach mostly traditional drummers and interested Nigerians basic percussion theory (to notate, score and site-read). Likewise to enable us our traditional beats in a written format.

“It gives the youth coordination and sense of rhythm and reasoning likewise brings them close to history through the adages and proverbs embedded in drumming. Drumming is therapeutic too, so it does a lot in enhancing our health.

It can be source of employment. It give them mental alertness and culturally and artistically empower them.” According to him, the South Korea government has been rolling out scholarships in the areas of education, sports likewise Arts and culture, serving as a means of encouraging and empowering mostly the youths.

“It’s this same cultural policy be-tween the two countries that gave me the opportunity to study in Korea and trained at the National Theater of Korea in 2013 as a CPI scholarship participant, till date, a lot of Nigerians are living and studying in South Korea with all expenses paid for by the Korean government.”

In an interview with Saturday Telegraph, Peter Yung from the Korean Cultural Centre, Abuja, commended Williams for the show, adding that the centre is fully behind him. Highlights of the show include performances by a group of young boys and girls from Bariga, a suburb of Lagos. There was also performance by De Great Tiger Cultural Dance Group’ from Benue State, who appeared as guest artists at the graduation ceremony.

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Vandora, Dee One, Princess, Bitto evicted from BBNaija



Princess and Bitto, Vandora and Dee One have become the first four housemates to be evicted from the Big Brother Naija reality show.

Big Brother had paired the housemates in strategic partnerships for the duration of their stay in the house, which meant that two people will suffer the consequences of the actions of one person and vice versa.

Dee One received his first warning strike over his insensitive jokes. This, by extension, affected Vandora who is his partner.

Princess and Bitto were also sent packing from the third season of the reality show tagged ‘Double Wahala’.

Apart from the first set of evicted housemates, Khloe and Kbrule were also disqualified from the show on Sunday night.

Both were disqualified after they had received three warning strikes.

Khloe got her second warning strike for using “strong abusive curse words”. This affected Kbrule, who is her strategic partner.

The housemates were extremely emotional and tearful as they were told to leave the house.

The remaining housemates are competing for N45 million on this season’s BBNaija.

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Khloe, Kbrule disqualified from BBNaija



Khloe and Kbrule, housemates in the ongoing Big Brother Naija reality TV show, have been disqualified from the show.

This makes them the first set of people to leave the show.

Both were disqualified after they got three warning strikes.

Khloe got her second warning strike on Sunday for using “strong abusive curse words”. This affected Kbrule, who is her strategic partner.

Kbrule then got his third warning strike for using “strong threatening words and attempting to physically harm a fellow housemate”.

Dee One also got his first warning strike for his insensitive jokes. This, by extension, affected Vandora who is his strategic partner.

The first eviction show is supposed to hold on Sunday evening.

18 housemates have been put up for eviction except KSquared, who have now been disqualified, and LeoLex.

Big Brother had told housemates that almost all of them had been nominated for possible eviction because of their repeated failure to adhere to the rules of the house.

Since the housemates are in pairs, two of them may possibly be evicted at the weekend during the live show.



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BB Naija: Miracle, Nina allegedly having sex, Nigerians react



Nigerians are currently reacting to Big Brother Naija housemates, Miracle and Nina who appeared to be having intercourse while others were asleep.

Their actions have since elicited different reactions on social media with some saying it is wrong for them to have gone the extra mile while others see nothing wrong in the act labelling those criticising them hypocrites.

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