The SA Tattoo in partnership with JacarandaFM and DSTV returns to the Montecasino outdoor event area from Thursday 5 to Sunday 8 September 2013 to present its biggest and most spectacular line-up ever featuring a host of multi-talented local and international performers. The SA Tattoo organisers welcome the Hsieh-Ten Drum Percussion Arts Group from Taiwan who join the international line up that also features the traditional French Paratrooper army band, Musique des Parachutistes direct from France and the iconic Top Secret Drum Corps from Switzerland ...
The Ten Drum Percussion Group was formed in March 2000 under the leadership of Hsieh Shih to show Taiwan’s unique culture by highlighting traditional drumming and to give audiences a better understanding of Taiwan’s original and authentic folk culture. Ideally, Hsieh Shih desires to popularise and modernize Taiwanese drumming. This group of drummers has since performed at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia; the opening of the 2002 World Cup soccer finals in Korea, and more than 300 performances across Taiwan. In 2004 the Group broke a Guinness World record when 1899 people played 1951 drums for 30 minutes in the Tainan Municipal Stadium. This group of traditional drummers scored a 2009 Grammy nomination in the Best Traditional World Music Category. More recently they performed in the Czech Republic.
The kaleidoscope of drummers at this year’s event is diverse, interesting and unique. From the traditional Taiwanese drummers, to the quick paced rhythms and precision drumming of Switzerland’s Top Secret Drum Corps to South Africa’s Code Red Drum Corps, the 2013 SA Tattoo plays host to various forms of drumming also including drummers playing in the Musique des Parachutistes army band, the National Ceremonial Guard Band, the SAPS Tshwane Band, the massed pipes and drums played by 180 of this country’s finest pipers and drummers and last but not least the drummer from headlining SA rock band, Just Jinger, Brent Harris.
The cast of multi-cultural and multi-national performers presents diverse mass entertainment on a scale rarely seen in SA. The tartan toe-tapping twirls of the Highland dancers bring vibrant colour and movement to the large arena. The wonderful mix of Tattoo acts that also features drum majorettes, a local massed choir and the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra,
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