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  • Although African rhythms are known worldwide, and there are classes in teaching African beats, I think we should do more.

I’m not the best at retaining the names ofwith an interesting rhythm that was accompanied by a certain dance that soon became viral songs I hear on radio or CDs, so when I was searching for the most viewed musicals on YouTube, apart from famous songs such as Despacito and Gangam Style I had to listen to the songs to realise I have heard them a thousand times. This said, the point that got my attention was what made some of these songs more watched than the others.

I remember the Gangnam style era, when a South Korean rapper and singer Park Jae-Sang aka, Psy, attained fame and glory performing a song that was made of repeated sections with an interesting rhythm that was accompanied by a certain dance that soon became viral, first in its country of origin and then watched by millions, then billions around the world.

What struck me was not only that such a simple song, with so little substance, shoots up to such high places on the world music charts, but how people got so much happiness and joy listening to it. To the extent that one of our friends, a well-educated and successful businessman, with many trophies of excellence in his office, told us that Psy was an inspiration and that he wished he could become so famous with just one act.

While looking at the chart that includes other songs that shot to fame, one can notice that they are mostly upbeat and can move the dance sensors in even the worst dancers, such as myself. Then I get the message, people need joyful rhythms to brighten up their world, that beat that makes you forget the moment, and dance away, even if it is in your imagination, leaving behind the hustle of the daily life. For me, it is not only such songs that make me feel happy and joyful, the sound of the African drums, has always made me jump from my seat. After an hour or so of African drumming, I get very tired, I always thought I was bored, but then realised it was so intense, that I was indeed tired and needed a break.

Although African rhythms are known worldwide, and there are classes in teaching African beats, I think we should do more. After so many years of Ndere Troupe from the time they performed at the former Nile Hotel, this group has managed to maintain its high standards in entertaining the crowd and is growing stronger every time we visit and take our visitors there. Chart ratings or not, the African drums remain atop for me!