From The Fringe

From The Fringe: Drum Tribe

By | Published on Wednesday 19 August 2015

Drum Tribe

Each day this month we are looking at some of the shows, performers and events being championed at the Edinburgh Festival this year by our sister magazine ThreeWeeks.

Today ‘Drum Tribe’ at the Gilded Balloon. Says our reviewer: “‘Welcome to Drum Tribe, here’s your bongo’, now that’s a good way to start a day. My hands still hurt and my ears are ringing, but it was worth it for this raucous hour of percussion and dance, courtesy of four preposterously talented South Africans”.

He goes on: “The consummate polyrhythmic skill on display is a joy, and the engaging quartet do a grand job of rousing the audience to participate. The only minor problem is that it could use some variety – an hour of call-and-response is a lot to take, and I’d have loved more like the astounding tuned percussion solo we see early on”.

But that didn’t stop our man giving the Drum Tribe a 4/5 rating. “One last thing” he warned anyone planning on checking out this show, which runs at the Fringe until 31 Aug, “if you can drum, know that above-average competence may have consequences. That’s all I’ll say”.