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African drum beats in Glenisla

View BBC footage of the African drum village from 2004

A field in Glenisla has been transformed into an African Drum Village.

The five day festival, now in its eighth year, celebrates the drum music of the African continent.

The event is being held until 7 August with 300 people expected to attend each day.

Music, dance and drumming performances are on offer as are workshops taken by teachers from the Gambia and Zimbabwe.


Steve Haden, who plays with a local drum group in the area and is the main organiser, said: "What began as a one-day event in 2000 to test the level of interest has grown into a five-day festival.

Teachers from around the globe ask to come and perform as it seems to have grown in reputation. The festival is really aimed at those who wish to learn about African music and culture."

This year's highlights include Grassroots from Zimbabwe, Back of Beyond and Chartwell Dutiro.

Revellers come from as far away as Europe and the US.

The Festival has inspired a similar event, "African Beats Camp" in Berkshire.



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