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Meghalaya drum fest results in Guinness feat

December 2006
Meghalaya drum fest results in Guinness feat

When close to 8000 people drum simultaneously, what does the synchronized sound mean? It implies, above all, that they've created a new Guinness World Record for the largest drum ensemble ever. And that's exactly what happened when 7951 participants comprising schoolchildren, tribal groups and policemen recently assembled at a stadium in Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya state in India. A gathering of 7727 drummers in Hong Kong last year had held the previous record. The performers had to play in tune for more than 5 minutes to set the new record, but they ended up playing the piece "Positive Vibrations" for more than 20 minutes. Composed for the occasion by Rudy Wallang, a local musician, he also conducted what must have been, literally, an earth-shaking performance. More than anything, the event was meant to showcase the region's unique charms and promote Meghalaya as a tourist destination.

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