Jay is an African drumming specialist. He holds a B.Ed as well as a Diploma in African Music from the University of Ghana. Living and studying drumming in Ghana for almost four years has given him a deep understanding of African music and culture that he has been sharing with students in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Ontario over the past nine years. He currently performs with African percussion group Bafana, the Ghanaian cultural dancers, and is also the musical director and lead drummer for NAfro Dance. Jay teaches adult group classes, and operates a corporate team-building franchise and an importing business.
Jay’s African drumming program is a favourite among school children of all ages. In addition to being an extremely enjoyable experience, it incorporates elements of music and social studies curricula. The music component of the program focuses on instruction in African drumming and traditional percussion instruments. Students discover the importance and function of music and dance in traditional African societies as well as the diversity of styles and instruments present in Africa. They learn how African people use dance, music, and stories as an integral part of life. The first day begins with a full-school assembly and slide presentation from Africa (the crocodile and mud houses get a great response!). On the final day, students present a demonstration of their skills in drumming for the school population and parents.