Beating the African drum in Constantia

Drumstruck, an interactive theatre experience, launches at Silvermist Wine Estate. Pictured are drummers, Mpho Rasenyalo and Tumelo Seleke

The heart of Constantia is set to come alive with sounds of the African drum.

After touring the globe, Drumstruck, an interactive theatre show, returns home, giving audiences the opportunity to journey through the history of African music, learn to play a drum and be entertained by some of South Africa’s top percussionists.

The show is paired with a wine tasting that includes a selection of wines from the Silvermist Wine Estate, hosted by estate owner and winemaker, Gregory Brink Louw.

Drumstruck producer Warren Lieberman says the show was developed in the early 2000s to bring the joyful, transformative process of communal drumming to audiences across the world.

“We are so excited to have brought Drumstruck home, to Cape Town,” says Mr Lieberman. “The last performance we did was on stage with Dolly Parton before Covid forced us to return.”

The Drumstruck show at Silvermist is a scaled-down version of the international production, but it includes the same elements of storytelling, learning, showmanship and interactivity.

A rare collection of indigenous African instruments is displayed and audiences are taken on a journey through the musical heritage of southern Africa – from the first drum through to the newest high-tech electronic instruments. Each audience member is provided with their own djembe drum and gets to play and sing along with the show.

The show has toured the globe, including an 18-month stint Off-Broadway in New York, Australia, Dollywood in America, and a 10-year run in Japan.

The show runs daily from Tuesday to Sunday, at 3pm, with an additional show at 6pm on a Saturday, until April 2023. The wine tasting is 40 minutes and the show is 50 minutes.

A Rooibos tea tasting is available for children or adults too.

Tickets are R450 for the full experience and R350 for non-alcoholic option. Book online at https://drumstruck.com/wine-tasting-drumstruck/. For information contact Warren Lieberman at 082 901 0496.

Zama Qambi plays a musical instrument called a nanga.
Mpho Rasenyalo plays a stringed mouth-bow or umrhubhe.