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Clanwilliam’s youngest musicians

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Since the rather intriguing looking rock gongs have been installed just inside the gate of Clanwilliam Living Landscape Project, they have attracted a lot of attention – and made a lot of music. Never by younger musicians – these ones aged four and five.

It is interesting to watch the concentration of young people playing the rock gongs (ringing rocks) with another stone. It might partly be astonishment at actually being asked to make a noise, but they soon become absorbed in the sounds they can make. Some break into spontaneous rhythm. Some sing along. All appear to be listening intently.

These photographs were taken by Kathleen Willies at a Heritage Day visit by Lemoenkloof Pre Primary school children.