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January 2004
Banging the drum for World Music
By Satnam Rana
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Harjit Singh
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tiny Back in the 1980s when Wham! Duran Duran and the Thompson Twins were topping the charts, Harjit Singh was making his name in the world of Bhangra rock. Twenty years on he's passing his musical skills on to hundreds of school children.
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For more information about lessons for your school call Harjit Singh at Birmingham City Council's World Music Department on 0121 303 1175.

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tiny Harjit Singh from Wolverhampton was a top drummer with Asian pop band Azad. Now he heads Birmingham City Council's World Music Department teaching the Punjabi Dhol.

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Harjit Singh playing the Dhol

The Dhol is a well known instrument in the UK. It is made up of two skins; a treble skin and a bass skin.

Two beaters are used to create the pounding sounds that you often find in bhangra music.

Harjit says his department is "unique in that each pupil gets an instrument to take home to study and practise on for free."

Terry Dark
Terry practices Dhol

Over 500 school children get music lessons from the department in Birmingham.

Ten year old Terry Dark from Grove Primary in Handsworth has been learning for 2 years.

He says "I like him (Harjit) because he can play better than us and I like to hear different tunes."

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Dhol drumming

There is no end to Harjit's love affair with music. In his spare time he coaches teenagers in Wolverhampton who often perform at local event.

He says 'It's fantastic to know that I can carry on what I used to do and pass it onto the children and give them something..we used to perform now they're getting a chance to perform.'

For more information about lessons for your school call Harjit Singh at Birmingham City Council's World Music Department on 0121 303 1175.

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