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Drumming record broken in Kenya
Drummers in Kenya
The record must still be confirmed by the Guinness Book of Records
Nine men in Kenya have claimed the world's record for non-stop drumming.

The drummers - eight Kenyans and a Nigerian - kept playing for 100 hours, smashing the previous record set last year by 16 hours.

They started their attempt to pound their way into the Guinness Book of Records last Friday in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

They drummed away in eight-hour shifts of three, enduring scorching days and chilly nights, to reach their goal.

The marathon finished at 1500 local time (1200GMT) to the standing ovation of a big crowd which turned up outside the Kenya International Conference Centre.

'Healed'

The drummers said they were exhausted but enjoyed every bit of the marathon.

"After feeling that tired you feel sweet afterwards. You feel healed, you feel cured. So this is our happiness," one of them told the BBC.

The event was organised by the Sarakasi Trust which is involved in the promotion and development of arts and culture across Kenya.

Its organisers said one of the main objectives was to change the sometimes negative perception of Africa and Africans.

"We managed to put ourselves on the map internationally as a drumming nation. Drums are very important in Africa," Sarakasi Trust chairman Rudy van Dijck, the man who broached the idea, told the BBC.

The new record must still be confirmed by the Guinness Book of Records.

The longest individual drumming record is currently being held by Australia's Arulanantham Suresh Joachim who pounded non-stop for 84 hours last year.


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