Disabled people performing African Drums at Dalang Labor Square
Wearing a full of mysterious exotic clothing, the waves of drums brought dynamic moments to the audience.
Recently, an African drum band formed by six people with disabilities was particularly noticeable in the “Sparkling Dalang, Chong Yang” activity. They performed an African drum rhythm named "I am happy" rhythm, which was powerful, extremely skillful. It deeply infected the audience. The performance won a lot of warm applause.
It was learnt that the African drum band was originally composed of 12 mental or physical disabilities, with the oldest being 55 years old and the youngest being 23 years old. It is the first band in Longhua New District that was formed by disabled people. The band carried out rehearsal 2 times a week, 3 hours each. To meet their rehabilitation requirement, the band also hired a senior psychologist. After three months of professional guidance, the band members became able to play drums with passion.
The 36-year-old A Mei is a drummer in the band. She is mentally handicapped. It was hard for her even for the usual training. However, she never skipped a class, and after-would also take the drum home to practice. After the show, Ah Mei excitedly said, "I did not expect to stage performances, or get so much applause. It made me more confident to keep going.”
"With just three months, they were trained into a professional band, and made it to the stage. The potential of people with disabilities is immeasurable, which brings optimism to everyone. Their self-improvement spirit infected us," representative from the Associastion of Disabled People in Dalang said.