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Drummers' link with ancestors in Limpopo

By unknown | Jan 17, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Edward Tsumele

Edward Tsumele

Macks Papo is trying to drum up more support for a festival in Limpopo on Saturday.

Why? Because he is one of the organisers of the yearly drumming festival, Pulo Ya Meropa, or Open African Drumming.

"People who want to take part have this week to register," he said.

The festival is scheduled to take place at the Tafelkop Stadium and the organisers expect about 6000 people to attend.

"The mission of the festival is to bring the spiritual world together with the human race and its earthly world.

"It is a sacred event in which the drum and its divergent playing, by all kinds of people from all corners of South African villages and towns converge and connect with the spiritual world of ancestors and African gods.

"It is a special spiritual and ritual tribute," says Papo, who some will remember for his role in the M-Net soapie Egoli.

He acted there for 13 years until November, when he announced that he was leaving the soapie for other theatrical pursuits.

African drumming is one of them.

Drummer Mpubane Julius Rakgetse is the founder and visionary of this event.

It has developed from a spiritual vision he had about four years ago, and has been held ever since.

"The opening of drums is a metaphor for opening the spiritual year and the drum signifies the key to that opening.

"Dr Rakgetse likens the drum to a cellphone but as a link between the human and spiritual world of communication.

"The drum for us is a musical and metaphoric instrument of profound expressions.

"It also represents the synergy and synchronisation of spiritual diversity.

"In the end, the drum is a harmonising vehicle used to foster African unity through diversity," Papo says.


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