Bagpipe Hemel mum in African bush band

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HEMEL mum of three Regina Whyatt will be pulling on her kilt and joining The Bush Technologists - a six-piece traditional African band created by South African world musician Risenga Makondo, a former member of Amampondo, one of Nelson Mandela’s favourite bands.

Drawing on his South African Venda roots, and sharing the wisdom and knowledge of other Bush Technologists worldwide, he’s created a fantastic celebration of sound, and a performance of roots, reggae, rap, ska and township jazz.

Regina who’s been playing bagpipes since her childhood in Belfast and is a member of the University of Bedfordshire Pipe Band will be adding reels, rhythms and harmonies, weaving her traditions into the African rooted band.

She said: “I can’t wait. I grew up playing my pipes on the streets of Belfast. Now I’m going to be performing to audiences in theatres and festivals and perhaps even on world stages.”

Regina and the Bush Technologists will be at The Maltings Arts Centre, St Albans on Saturday, February 26, 7.30pm.

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