Indonesian culture spread at Parkside

HARPING ON: Parkside Primary school pupils playing the angklung, an iconic Indonesian musical instrument. Picture: FREDLIN ADRIAAN
HARPING ON: Parkside Primary school pupils playing the angklung, an iconic Indonesian musical instrument. Picture: FREDLIN ADRIAAN

PUPILS at a Nelson Mandela Bay primary school received a visit from the Indonesian Consulate General last week and were treated to music from the island’s iconic Angklung instrument.

Parkside and Gelvandale primary schools pupils were taught about the Angklung by the five-strong Indonesian crew who were in the Bay last week.

The instrument is made from two bamboo tubes attached to a bamboo frame and creates a unique sound when loosely rattled.

Pupils were broken up into two groups, with the first made up of Grade R to 3 pupils and the other comprising their grade 4 to 7 peers.

The Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia, based in Cape Town, Sugie Harijodi said the most important element of their visit was to introduce their culture.

“I believe that both schools have plenty of Indonesian incentives and I appreciate that teachers and principals opened their doors for us,” she said.

Parkside Primary piano instructor Verrick Erasmus said he was grateful that Parkside was chosen and that they came all the way from Indonesia.

“We train our pupils not only to learn by listening but by actually participating and playing the instrument themselves. They are not fond of this instrument and neither knew what it was so I appreciate the Indonesians’ effort and willingness,” Erasmus said. – Chanice Koopman

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