Athlone drum group to wow again

2016-01-19 06:00
Limited Edition Drum Corps from Manenberg will be performing in the Cape Town Carnival again this year.

Limited Edition Drum Corps from Manenberg will be performing in the Cape Town Carnival again this year.

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“Don’t do drugs, do drums” is the motto the members of Limited Edition Drum Corps live by. They create awareness about gangsterism, poverty and violence in Manenberg through their impressive choreography and stick tricks on snare drums.

The group helps boys living in Manenberg stay off the streets.

“We feel it is important that our youth is informed. The fact that many young people in our communities are using drugs as part of their social and recreational lifestyle does not make this a safe or acceptable practice. It is only by collectively working to take the ‘cool’ factor out of drug use, that we can help safeguard the lives and health of the young people,” says director Yaggie Sampson.

The Corps had its fair share of challenges, from borrowing drums to enter SA’s Got Talent to the constant disturbances of gangsterism, crime and overcrowding. However, they never let this stop them from reaching their dreams.

The talented group wowed audiences with their energetic performance at the Cape Town Carnival last year. They have since been invited to perform nationwide. They will perform at this year’s Cape Town Carnival again, which will take place along the Green Point Fan Walk on 12 March from 16:00.

“Cape Town Carnival taught us many skills in the field of performing arts – teamwork, unity and how to represent ourselves in the entertainment world,” says Sampson. “It was an honour to meet other groups and artists and collaborate on ideas, but the best part was on the day of the event, when the entire community came together as one big family”.

“Our dream would definitely be to further expand the group and perform at the Cape Town Castle and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Scotland.”

The group also aims to collaborate with sponsors to get their own equipment and transport.

For more information on the Cape Town Carnival visit the TheCapeTownCarnival page on Facebook.

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