Drumstruck @ Silvermist

Drumstruck at Silvermist is an authentic African experience right in the heart of the Constantia winelands. Tourists and locals will have the unique opportunity to journey through the history of African music, learn to play a drum and be entertained by the world’s best interactive drummers. The show is paired with a wine tasting that includes a selection of wines from the top wine estates in Constantia, hosted by Silvermist owner and winemaker, Gregory Brink Louw.

On 21 October 2022, the Constantia Valley will come alive with the sounds of laughter and drumming, as the world’s first interactive theatre experience, Drumstruck returns to African soil. The show was developed in the early 2000s to bring the joyful, transformative process of communal drumming to audiences across the world, and subsequently toured across the globe, including an 18-month stint Off-Broadway in New York, Australia, Dollywood in the USA, and a 10-year run in Japan.

Drumstruck has received rave reviews around the world. In Nashville, USA, Dolly Parton herself exclaimed, “I am dumbstruck by Drumstruck.” In New York, there were people who returned to see the show over 20 times, and the New York Times review asserted, “The beats that are its soul reaffirm the appealing power of the drum.” To quote the Edinburgh Fringe, Drumstruck is “a rare opportunity for the whole family…Slotting in somewhere between Stomp! and The Lion King, Drumstruck delivers on every level.”

The Drumstruck show at Silvermist is a scaled-down version of the international production, but includes the same elements of storytelling, learning, showmanship and interactivity. Facilitated by some of South Africa’s top percussionists and performers, the show creates a sense of Africa that is undeniably genuine and heartfelt. Audiences enter a space where an extensive and rare collection of indigenous African instruments is displayed and are taken on a journey through the musical heritage of Southern Africa – from the first drum through to the newest high-tech electronic instruments. Each audience member is provided with their own djembe drum and gets to play and sing along with the show, sharing in the collective celebration that exemplifies African music and culture.

Drumstruck will take place at Silvermist Wine Estate, the only organic wine estate in Constantia and a mere fifteen minutes’ drive from the Cape Town city centre. (It is also home to the world renowned La Colombe restaurant.) surrounded by the Table Mountain nature reserve, and offers guests some of the most diverse and unspoilt terrain in the city, with uninterrupted views of the Cape Peninsula. Before embarking on the African musical journey, guests will participate in a wine tasting facilitated by Gregory Brink Louw, owner and winemaker at Silvermist. Guests will have the opportunity to taste some exclusive South African wines including the rare Silvermist organic wines, and learn about the history of the Constantia valley, while taking in the extraordinary views of the peninsula. Children are welcome too – we will provide a non-alcoholic option!

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