Dar es Salaam, July 10: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who on Sunday, July 10, reached Tanzania on the third leg of his four-nation tour of Africa, enthralled Tanzanians with his drumming skills.
PM Modi's skills as a drummer were on full display as he along with Tanzanian President John Pombe Joseph Magufuli played the traditional drums for a minute.
"New beats to the #IndiaAfrica rhythm! PM @narendramodi and President @MagufuliJP play the drum," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.
Both the leaders played the wooden drums after the Prime Minister was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the State House here.
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.
This is the first prime ministerial visit from India to Tanzania in five years since the visit of then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2011.
Thereafter, he will leave for Nairobi, Kenya, where he will address an Indian diaspora rally on Sunday evening.
Modi's skills as a drummer was for the first time displayed in Japan in September 2014 when he joined the Japanese percussionists to perform a 'jugalbandi' with them.
He gave tough competition to the professional drummers as he tried his hand on the drum at an event to launch TCS Japan Technology and Cultural Academy in Tokyo. [PM Modi takes Japan by surprise, plays traditional drums]
Then, he charmed Meghalaya with his drum-beating skills in May this year, during an event orgainsed in his honour on his arrival at Mawphlang village in the North-Eastern state. [PM Narendra Modi beats drum in Meghalaya]
In February 2016, he beat a Maadol---a form of tribal drum, along with former Union minister and currently Assam's Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at a public rally in Moran in Dibrugarh district of Assam ahead of the state's election.