Distant Drums at Basingstoke Festival
Distant Drums, written by Madu Messenger, tells the story of Reggae Sound System culture through music, visuals, and dance. It charts the music culture from the original tribal drums, to the beats that accompanied slavery, through to the ghettos of Jamaica, and across the ocean on the Windrush to Britain.
The scene is set with stacks of speakers, through which the music and narration are pumped. Out front, two dancers bring the story to life through their dance. The musical backdrop starts off with a drum beat and progresses through different eras of interpretation, with plenty of amazing bass and backbeat rhythms.
Eight of the speakers in the set turn out to be screens that show images that visualise the narrative, a neat addition that helps transport the crowd into the story. Some of the tragic events and struggles are highlighted, with a message of hope stitching it all together.
The distant drums performance is part of Basingstoke Festival, which runs from 24th June – 10th July 2022 at London Street, Cross Street, Eastrop Park, and Basingstoke Town Center.
The Creators of Distant Drums
Written by: Madu Messenger
Narrated by: Macka B
Soundtrack by: Vibronics
Choreography by: Donald Edwards
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