Sights and sounds of Africa

Africa Day
Africa Day

The Sights and Sounds of Africa will be on show in the grounds of Herstmonceux Castle on July 14 (from 10.30am).

Creating an entrancing mixture of traditional Zimbabwean Mbira (or thumb piano) music Linos Wengara Magaya and his musicians, Zimbaremabwe, radiate energy and deep rhythms to keep the body and soul dancing.

As well as the Mbira, you’ll get to hear and perhaps learn to play other traditional instruments such as Hoshos (made from gourds), and Ngoma and Djembe drum – it is very much a “hands on day” for alongside the musicians you will have the chance to meet one of Zimbabwe’s most creative sculptors, Hilary Manuhwa, who has mounted an exhibition of African Shona sculpture in the Castle grounds.

Hilary will be giving demonstrations, carving new pieces and encouraging you to take a chisel and mallet to see what you can create.

Hilary will be waiting to meet you from 10.30am, the music begins around lunchtime and continues throughout the afternoon.

Normal gardens and grounds admission rates apply.

Tickets are £6 for adults, £3 for under 16s, free for under fives. Concessions cost £4.95 and a family ticket is £14.

Call 01323 834479 for more information.

The sculptures of Hilary Manuhwa are on show until August 11.