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Sunday, October 21, 2018


(Pedro Espi-Sanchis)

Teachers at Umlazi District have gathered in numbers to explore the art of playing the Xylophone as a rare percussion Instrument, made popular in South Africa by Pedro ‘the Music Man’. Of Spanish origin, Pedro Espi-Sanchis is a name that is respected internationally.

A five day workshop is presently being conducted at Briardale Primary school in Newlands West to accommodate music enthusiasts from as far as Sawpits Primary at Umbumbulu Central, Mason Lincoln at Umlazi Township, Ningizimu Special School at Montclair, Escombe Primary at Queensburgh and schools of Durban West and Sydenham Circuits respectively.

Creative Arts Teachers at these schools have been especially selected to participate. The Department of Education - Curriculum Section - Umlazi District - TLS GET has supported the endeavours of Mr Shakeel Isseri (Subject Advisor Creative Arts and Life Skills) in establishing a communication link through Music, so as to connect District schools, community organizations and NGOs in a collaborative Xylophone interaction.

The Workshop is supported by Assitej South Africa – promoting Youth Development and Theatre represented by Provincial Co-ordinator Ms Pauline Dalais. The Workshops culminated in a Musical Performance held on October 19 at the Briardale Primary School Hall commencing. After the show each teacher received a xylophone to use in their schools.

The Department of Education appreciates the Music Man’s endeavours to promote the teaching and playing of a Musical Instrument while ensuring its sustenance across sixteen Circuits within the District.

For more information contact Shakeel on 083 301 2983.