Photo Credit: Asisipho Dyantyi

After reading Lumko’s story here on Good Things Guy, Charlotte Collins reached out to donate her electronic drum set and so Lumko’s dream became a reality.


Eastern Cape, South Africa (21 October 2020) – In the little village of Mthatha, far removed from live concerts and music shows, lives 14-year-old Lumko Dyantyi who built himself a drum kit using buckets and garden tools.

Lumko dreams of playing the drums one day but his first and most important goal is to have a real drum set that is all his own.

His aunt, Asisipho Dyantyi was home for a visit and she saw his passion first hand. She spent many hours watching him play and answered as many of his questions as she could. After looking online, they learned that a new drum set would cost more than they could afford.

Asisipho encouraged Lumko to have faith and decided to start a crowdfund to help raise the money needed to inspire his dreams and make them a reality.

We shared the story last month and quickly people started donating to the cause. Charlotte Collins, a Good Things Guy reader, sent an email to us asking if Lumko would like an electronic drum set. She had one to give to him if it was something he wanted.

The family were overjoyed and Lumko could hardly believe his luck. Charlotte arranged for the drum set to be serviced and then would send it from Cape Town to the Eastern Cape for Lumko.

“I have taken the drum kit to TOMS, they are going to service it so it’s working perfectly. I also have the proper drum seat for him to sit on and sticks. Toms is going to organize an amp and headphones”

“Toms serviced the drum kit and gave the amplifier and headphones so I wouldn’t have been able to do it without Paul at Toms music shop in Buitengracht street” – Charlotte Collins

Once the drums were ready, they arranged for them to be couriered to Lumko. The day has finally arrived, Lumko has received his drum set. Thanks to the team at BackaBuddy, we were sent Lumko’s reaction and playing the set. It is the best thing we have seen today!

The money raised by the crowdfund is going to go towards lessons for Lumko, so he can get the very best chance at following his dream of becoming a professional drummer.

“I’d like to thank all the donors and sponsors for supporting my dream, I am very excited and I cannot wait to finish my exams and start doing drumming lessons to improve my skill, thank you so much God bless” – Lumko Dyantyi

His aunt is blown away by the support Lumko has received and is so thankful to everyone who got involved in his crowdfund and behind the scenes.

“Words cannot begin to explain how we, Lumko’s family, feel about the act of kindness you have done for him. Jackie Chan once said, “Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person’s life”. This is exactly what the donors, sponsors, and supporters of this good deed have done to Lumko, they have changed his life dramatically. It is, therefore, with great joy and deepest gratitude that I take this opportunity to thank the lady who donated the drums and everyone who has contributed to this generous gift of drums that Lumko has just received. Your donations, support, and contributions have made a difference in this young man’s life who dreams of being the best drummer. We are extremely grateful” – Asisipho Dyantyi

Sources: BackaBuddy 
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