Ashley Grimes
Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 11:09

By Ashley Grimes
Project Officer

Drums4Drums is a Hit!

Dance to the beat of your own … Q Drum? That’s right. Students of the Kyoto University of Foreign Studies organised the fundraising event “Drums4Drums” to raise money to provide families in Kenya with their very own Q Drum.

On 7 July, Drums4Drums welcomed supporters to a packed Club Metro in Kyoto, Japan to partake in a day of drum and dance performances. The event kicked off at 3.30pm with Taiko and African drum performances as well as a hip-hop dance show enjoyed by a mixed audience of students and families. Guests were then invited to learn a few beats of their own with drum and hip-hop workshops. If participants feared magic would be needed in order to improve their dance moves, that too was covered, there was a strolling magician entertaining small groups around the venue. 

From 7.30pm, people were invited to put those new moves to good use as three guest DJs led a dance party into the night. Food was provided by El Latino, a local Mexican restaurant, and there were also beautiful African baskets on sale throughout the event.

Drums4Drums successfully raised 100,000 yen, enough money to provide 15 Q Drums to families most in need in Kenya.

That’s 15 households of women and children that can look forward to an eased burden of water transportation, protecting necks and backs and saving time. To learn more about the positive impact of Q Drums on families in Kenya, read connected updates on the sidebar.

Thank you to the guests, volunteers, entertainers and venue for making the event such a success! We appreciate your generosity, time and efforts.

A special thanks to: Tatzuma Alex Barnett Yamamoto, Mauro Fernandez, Yuka Yamazaki, Hiromi Watanabe, Ayumi Iwaishi, Sean Horne, Atsushi Seki, Syohei Urai, Taiko circle ‘Raku’, ACTION, Navegante, EL Latino, 日本語訳.