Jett Curra, 3-years-old might just be the next member of Baala Baajo.
Jett Curra, 3-years-old might just be the next member of Baala Baajo. CONTRIBUTED

Drums are a big hit for Whitsunday Shire Family Day Care

CHILDREN at the Proserpine Whitsunday Shire Family Day Care received a visit from Baala Baajo last month to introduce them to traditional African music and culture.

Baala Baajo is a travelling African duo featuring founder Nii Armah who hails from Ghana and Samoko Groove from Kenya.

The team provides African drumming performances and workshops to schools and day care centres.

Described as "well known for their energy, exuberance and musical talent” the group has travelled nationally and internationally to bring original compositions, traditional rhythms, and high energy percussion to various regions.

On August 23, they brought their bright, traditional costumes and rhythmic drumming to Proserpine and fascinated the children at the Whitsunday Shire Family Day Care.

Coordinator Kylie Smith said the experience was incredible as was observing the reactions of the children who immersed themselves in the experience.

"It was fantastic. At first they were in awe as you can imagine, but Nii and Sam just captured their attention and they thrived on the interaction,” Ms Smith said.

"What was really amazing was that children who are known to be quite shy were up contributing and playing the drums after about 20 minutes.

Sophie Sun, 4 gets dressed up in traditional African clothes.
Sophie Sun, 4 gets dressed up in traditional African clothes. CONTRIBUTED

"The parents from the community got right into it as well and they were up dancing with the children.”

Baala Baajo has visited the Whitsunday Shire Family Day Care three times, but this is the first year the day care centre has run their own stand alone event.

However it runs, Ms Smith said that it was sure to be an ongoing event for the day care centre, particularly after receiving such consistent, positive responses from children and parents.

Moving forward, Ms Smith said the day care was looking into opening the day care centre to the public for one playgroup per term to showcase the activities that are running and engage with the community.

"We're hoping to do one public playgroup every term and alternate between Proserpine and Cannonvale,” she said.

"By doing this, hopefully we can create more awareness about family day care in the community and attract educators because there is a shortage of educators in the region.”

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