Watch Ipswich seven-year-old drummer Nandi in action in her own music video

Nandi Bushell pictured with her brother Thomas, mum Lungi, and dad John. Picture: BUSHELL FAMILY

Nandi Bushell pictured with her brother Thomas, mum Lungi, and dad John. Picture: BUSHELL FAMILY - Credit: Archant

Not many seven-year-old girls can say they feature in their very own music video.

Seven year-old Ipswich dummer girl Nandi Bushell, whose video was recorded at Rendlesham Forest and

Seven year-old Ipswich dummer girl Nandi Bushell, whose video was recorded at Rendlesham Forest and the former Bentwaters airbase, and edited by dad John Bushell. Picture: BUSHELL FAMILY - Credit: Archant

But that’s not the case for Ipswich youngster and drummer Nandi Bushell, whose dad has created a video of her performing in Rendlesham Forest.

Perhaps even more unusually, she is a huge rock fan, and has taken on System of a Down’s track Toxicity.

The youngster, who attends St Margaret’s Primary School in Ipswich, plays the drums at home – jamming with dad John on the electric guitar, and also has drumming lessons.

She is part of the Ipswich Rock Project, which takes place at three different venues in the town, attends junior jam sessons run by Martin Webby at the Kingfisher pub and has lessons with drum teacher Ashley Howard of West End Music.


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Proud dad John, a software engineer in Ipswich, said: “She loves it. She is into music and performing. She is also in Stagecoach. She loves performing and drama.

“There can’t be many little girls whose favourite bands are rock bands like Nirvana. I am just a music fan really. I dabbled with music when I was younger but never played professionally.

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“Although I play the guitar I don’t like playing in public.

“I think she has picked it up from me; drumming along when I was playing at home. She tried to keep the beat.

Seven year-old Nandi Bushell, practising at home with dad John on the guitar. Picture: BUSHELL FAMIL

Seven year-old Nandi Bushell, practising at home with dad John on the guitar. Picture: BUSHELL FAMILY - Credit: Archant

“She had her first toy drums from Toys R Us when she was five; and her first proper professional kit, a Sonor, for Christmas.”

The family-of-four are settled in Ipswich though Mr Bushell and wife Lungi, who is South African, originally met in his home town Liverpool, 15 years ago.

They have two children, Nandi and brother Thomas, who is four years old.

Mr Bushell has recorded and uploaded a number of videos of Nandi drumming to Youtube. His latest is his most ambitious yet with Nandi drumming to Toxicity by System Of A Down. It features Rendlesham Forest, the UFO sightings, and the former Bentwaters air base.

“It is just a bit of fun,” he added. “I just take it on my phone and I have a small drone too with a 4K camera on it. Nandi liked the idea of the UFO story. She thought it was cool.”

Nandi’s video has already had hundreds of hits on Youtube.

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