Jacky Essombe came to our school, to teach about African song and dance. Jacky is from Cameroon. We found that country on a map. It is very far from where we live. Africa is not a country, it is a continent.
When we are together we express our joy, we sing together and we dance together.
Jacky’s friend Yoro Noukoussi came from Benin. She calls him Grandpa. In Africa, if there is one grandpa in a village, he is the grandpa to everyone. Grandpas tell lots of jokes and want to make everyone happy.
We learned to sing some African songs.
And we learned some African dances.
Dancing together makes us happy!
Grandpa then taught us about the instruments he was playing.
Jacky showed us her calabash which is a big bowl. It is made of a fruit that is similar to a pumpkin. African put water or grains or other food in it.
Grandpa also used the calabash like a drum.
They also use calabash’s with beads on the outside as musical instruments.
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The KinderPals, along with the rest of our school friends, went to see Yale Secondary’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. We loved the show! Before we went to see it we read many versions of the Cinderella story, we learned about the characters, settting, plot, problems and solution…along with the magic fairy tale words […]
HOJA is made up of Daniel, Dave and Matt who sing a capella music, meaning they ONLY use their voices, no backup tracks. They performed a lively, exciting concert and we sang and clapped along.
Mr. Eberding helped them out by singing and dancing with one of their songs, and HOJA even sang “Pretty Woman” to Mrs. Hiebert!
We learned how to make some of the beatbox sounds, too. The kick drum was fun! The snare drum sounded like a caveman grunting with a shhhhh. We put them together and made a basic drum beat.
HOJA sang many songs we knew and we LOVED singing and clapping along! You can find HOJA on Twitter at @hojagalaxy .
We learned about a pitch pipe to make sure the songs are in tune and that HOJA starts on the right note.
HOJA says that this job is like Minecraft…they love it and they get paid to do it!
Here are some bits of advice from HOJA:
Get involved and try new things. Find the thing that you LOVE!
When you find that thing you love, you need to practice and work hard.
Believe in yourself and don’t listen to bullies.
Thank you HOJA for an amazing concert! We were singing and dancing as we made our way back to class.
This past Monday, May 5, the KinderPals participated in Music Monday, a Canada-wide initiative to celebrate the importance of Music education. The highlight of the event, and the part in which we participated, was the singing of the anthem, “Is Somebody Singing”, with Commander Chris Hadfield (who wrote the song with Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies), directed by Maestro Bramwell Tovey of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. All across Canada schools and classes sang the song together via webcast. Here is a photo of the KinderPals singing along (Commander Hadfield is on the left side of the screen and Maestro Tovey is on the right):