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WOMAD Sri Lanka Showcases Biggest International Drummers
Colombo, Wednesday September 7, 2005: Sri Lanka’s world-first Festival of Drums is set to put the country firmly on the international music map as it brings together some of the biggest names in global entertainment.
To be held from September 21 – 25,
WOMAD Sri Lanka Festival of Drums boasts a stellar line-up of
“I urge music lovers everywhere to experience the first ever WOMAD Sri Lanka for themselves,” he added.
The line-up includes world number
one drummer Bill Cobham (USA), the Drummers of Burundi, direct from
central Africa, legendary Indian drummer and composer Trilok Gurtu
and Joji Hirota & the Taiko Drummers, from Japan and the UK.
Bill Cobham has also performed with such greats as Roberta Flack and George Benson and had a brush with Hollywood in 1988, when he, together with musician Peter Gabriel, recorded “Passion”, the soundtrack of the Martin Scorsese film “The Last Temptation of Christ.”
The Drummers of Burundi are from the small African country situated between Zaire and Tanzania. The tradition of playing the drums is handed down from generation to generation and is considered by local inhabitants as the most important aspect of the country’s musical tradition.
Joji Hirota and his troupe of Taiko Drummers (Japan/UK) will showcase, in dramatic style, the ‘taiko’, a large barrel drum dating back centuries in Japanese culture.
A Japanese percussionist, composer and teacher, Joji Hirota is a veteran of WOMAD festivals. Drawing from nature and his studies in Buddhism, the result is a soulful, energetic performance.
Joji Hirota has also composed for several BBC dramas and documentaries.
Legendary Indian drummer and composer Trilok Gurtu, whose music has influenced musicians worldwide, will also feature at this year’s Festival of Drums.
Born in Bombay into a musically-gifted family, Gurtu went to Europe in the early eighties and, in the following two decades, played with music legends at the sharp edge of world fusion and modern jazz, including Don Cherry, John McLaughlin, and Jan Garbarek.
In addition to being a percussionist and singer, Gurtu’s talents include being a renowned composer and an entertaining - often hilarious - stage performer.
Other artistes include Cuban band Asere, who provide a fresh, contemporary sound to more traditional Cuban beats and the unique Chemirani Zarb Trio (Iran) who have mastered the art of playing the ‘zarb’, the classical drum of Persia.
Adding local talent to the line-up is classical Kandyan dancer and master choreographer Ravibandhu Vidyapathy, who will bring his distinct drumming and dance traditions to the festival.
WOMAD Sri Lanka Festival of Drums
will feature four indoor theatre concerts at Bishop’s College
Auditorium, beginning with three performances at 7.30pm (September
21-23). The final concert will start at 3.30pm on September 24.
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