The 1980's saw a significant growth in the ever evolving South African music scene with an array of new artists and bands flourishing like never before.
An unadulterated style of South African pop music, Bubblegum was uniquely based on vocals with overlapping call-and-response lyrics combined with the use of electronic keyboards and synthesizers.
The first major bubblegum star was Dan Tshanda of the band Splash, followed closely in popularity by Chicco Twala whose claim to fame was his politically oriented lyrics and a collaboration with the famed Mzwakhe Mbuli.
During the late 1980’s Yvonne Chaka Chaka rose to stardom with her 1984 hit ‘I’m in Love With a DJ’ being the first major bubblegum hit. Her popularity continued well into the 1990’s with her first n...
It's a brand-new year, and with that comes a sense of promise and excitement for what lies ahead. This is a fabulous time of year to commit yourself to do more for yourself without guilt, and what better way to achieve that than through hobbies? A hobby can be all kinds of things, and chances are you already have a few you enjoy but if you’re ready to add another one to your rotation, you may want to consider drumming. Here are 10 reasons why you should try drumming as a hobby in 2022.
An Outlet for Stress
Nowadays it seems as though everyone suffers from stress, at least occasionally. Even occasional stress can do a number on your mental and physical health, however, which is why it's important to find a safe outlet. Drumming can be an excellent way to combat stress, anxiety, and te...
The classical music appreciation student should broaden his or her listening palette by including music from all over the Asian continent. Outsourcing and globalization has brought people and cultures together which used to be separated by much more than an ocean. Studying music from Asian history and culture helps Westerners form friendships and business relationships with literally billions of people.
East Meets West: Asian Music and the Western Ear
Asian music predates Western music by centuries. Some music historians believe the first strands of music came out of the Orient and Middle East. Tonalities are very different than what the Western ear is accustomed to hearing. Often Americans, in particular, tease about the sound of Oriental music, because it sounds out of tune to ...
Middle school students can work on their narrative writing skills as well as imagery when they try these winter themed writing prompts. Before students start writing, teachers may need to review the components of narrative stories and the literary element of imagery.
Writing a Narrative
Narrative stories can be fun to write. These stories should not be long, no more than one-to-three pages.
A narrative tells a story. It should have a beginning, middle and end. There should be some type of conflict that the main character or another character overcomes. The ending should have a resolution where all of the loose ends are tied up and there is closure for the characters.
One literary element that adds to any story is imagery. Imagery is when the author uses details ...
Harmonicas, colorful ukuleles, percussion instruments shaped like fruit, a fun keyboard instrument - there are infinite possibilities for great Christmas presents waiting at the music counter.
Christmas Gifts for Toddlers
Toddlers are not going to have the coordination to really be able to play an instrument but they will love to make a noise on any kind of percussion instrument and there is a wide range of fun shapes to be found, especially in the shaker and small drum department.
Remo makes a colorful set of bongo drums that even the 2-year-olds and under will be attracted to. This will cost in the region of $30 US.
Remo also makes a range of fruit shakers but these are perhaps a little too realistic for the under-fives - they might spend more time chewing them than shaking...
Lessons are a critical part of any musician's development, regardless of their age or ability. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has made it imperative that everyone stays safe to prevent exposure to the virus. As a result, individuals passionate about music have been unable to take in-person lessons.
Fortunately, there are now online music classes for students to continue their music lessons. Music schools like Allegro Music School have moved their classes online to keep up with students and continue helping them develop and nature their music talent. However, while the lack of proximity can be limiting, students have to adapt. The following are some insightful tips that can help you get the most out of your online music lessons:
Set Up a Lesson Room
It is vital that you h...