Afghan Fusion Video

22nd October 2019
St Mary’s Catholic Primary School is proud to be an active member of the SoundStorm Music Education Hub.  Recently, we were pleased to welcome Chris Woods and Ruben Monteiro to the school as part of SoundStorm’s Live and Inspired Tour.

Throughout the afternoon, all children in Years 1 to 6 attended a concert showcase with Chris and Ruben where they heard and learnt about the music of Afghanistan.  We really enjoyed exploring music from another culture and finding out about the Rubab instrument that Ruben plays.  It plays in a very similar way to a guitar but has extra vertical strings called ‘sympathetic strings’.  This creates a resonating sound that is very different to the usual instruments that we play and hear.

We also had a go at counting 7 beats in a bar (1 2 3, 1 2, 1 2) which everybody was really good at!  This was a change from the many songs we sing and play that are written in 2, 3 or 4 beats per bar.

As you can see from the video, we also became film stars that afternoon!  Thank you very much to SoundStorm, Chris and Ruben and we hope that you enjoy the video as much as we enjoyed the tour.