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HUNDREDS of students were set to fill Guildhall Square with the sound of African drums today.

In total, 400 members of Cottage Grove Primary School in Chivers Close, Southsea, were due to take part in the initiative from 1.45pm and 2.15pm.

The drumming event is a collaboration between the school and the council’s Portsmouth Music Hub.

Polly Honeychurch, headteacher at Cottage Grove, said: ‘Different year groups have looked in more depth at different parts of Africa and we’re excited that the whole school is having a chance to come together to work on a single African drumming project.’

Sue Beckett, head of service at Portsmouth Music Hub, said: ‘African drumming is a fantastic means of teaching children key musical skills as part of the national curriculum as well as helping them to understand about music from another culture and of course, having fun.’

Traditional west African songs were to be included in the drumming routines.