PM Modi Drums Up A New Rhythm in India-Africa Relations

PM Modi Drums Up A New Rhythm in India-Africa Relations


Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s skills as a drummer were on full display as he, along with Tanzanian President John Pombe Joseph Magufuli, played the traditional drums on his official visit to the African country. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted the moment.

65-year-old Modi was seen enjoying the drumming session with the Tanzanian President, who appeared to halt briefly but resumed the drumming again when he saw the Indian leader was in no mood to stop.

The Prime Minister was given a ceremonial welcome at the State House, after which both the leaders played the wooden drums.

Tanzania and India have signed five agreements which also includes $92 million water supply deal to Tanzanian cities.

This is not the first time Prime Minister Modi’s drumming skills were on display. During his visit to Japan in September 2014, he joined Japanese percussionists to perform a ‘jugalbandi’ with them. He was at an event to launch TCS Japan Technology and Cultural Academy in Tokyo.

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