Drumming prodigy takes music scene by storm, one beat at a time

2014-07-23 00:00

YOUNG Obed Ephraim is taking the music scene by storm, one beat at a time.

The normally timid seven-year-old Obed transforms into an impressive percussionist when seated behind his drumset at the family’s Glen Anil home. And now his talent has been spotted by one of the country’s most respected drummers, who is honing Obed’s skills.

Just shaking his head shyly when asked about his skills, he happily lets his mom do the talking.

Described as a prodigy by those who have witnessed him perform, Obed’s parents Roderick and Seema first noticed their son’s talent at age three.

“I used to watch my child bang on pots and pans with spoons as if they were drums,” said Seema.

“We were in church and a drummer noticed that he was bobbing his head to the music; his hands were moving in time with the beat playing at the time,” Roderick added.

Encouraging their son’s talent and enthusiasm, Obed’s parents bought him his own drumkit a few months later.

Only just peeking over his bass drum, Obed is no stranger to the stage, having already performed for thousands of people at an event he was invited to at their New Covenant Fellowship Church.

The fresh faced kid had been playing drums at the new covenant fellowship church infront of thousands of people since he was three alongside his sisters Symone who goes for ballet classes as well as plays keyboard and Ester who is a level four in rhymic gymnastics. Obed was recently introduced, by a family friend, to one of South Africa’s top drummers, Gareth Gale, who after witnessing his talent offered to polish his raw skill free of charge.

“It has taken a lot of sacrifice and discipline and that’s not only from him, but the whole family,” Seema said.

Seema who is an attorney, stayed at home for seven years assisting in the nurturing of not only her son’s but her daughters’ talents as well.

“People thought we were crazy giving up so much just for their natural talent, as me not working caused a drop in our income. But I had to be a part of their classes and got to watch their talent grow.”

Obed and his older sisters, Simone (10) and Esther (8), are often seen performing as a band at their church.

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