Check out Freedom Maker Will Taylor’s brilliant review of ‘Danbor Talka’ which wowed the crowds on Freedom ‘16’s opening night.
Freedom Festival got off to an incredible start with an astounding performance by Les Commandos Percu and Deabru Beltzak. Combining movement, music and fireworks, Danbor Talka (Clash of Drums) amazed the crowds, working their way through the audience before an impressive performance on stage.
The show began with a battle between the rival groups of musicians, including a special appearance from Hull Samba, who put on a stunning show. Dressed in post-apocalyptic costumes and covered in body paint, the procession featured drumming, chanting and pyrotechnics. Throughout the entire performance there was a constant battle between the gangs with red faces and those with black and white faces. Dramatic sparks and fireworks were rapidly thrown between the two. As well as the acoustic percussion there were also electroacoustic effects that helped to create an electrifying atmosphere, coupled with the endless fireworks that wowed the large crowds who gathered to watch the show.
The use of the different musical styles was ingenious, starting with separate performances from the different gangs of musicians before merging to create a body of sound that could be heard right across the Freedom site. Danbor Talka (Clash of Drums) was a marvellous show that I am sure will go down in Freedom Festival history.