Michael Franti performs at Power to the Peaceful (PTTP) 2008 Festival in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California. He plays with Manas on the djembe for the song "Is Love Enough?"
A djembe (pronounced /ˈdʒɛmbeɪ/ 'JEM-bay') is a hand drum which is covered in skin and shaped like a goblet. It is large, round, and played with bare hands.
The drums purpose is to bring people together. In Mali, the Bamana people say the name of the drum is derived from the expression "Anke dje, anke be." Translated into English, this means to "everyone gather together"
Also known as jembe, jenbe, djimbe, jymbe, yembe, or jimbay, or sanbanyi in Susu.
What's a drum circle? Essentially, it is a group of people gathered together with the intent on creating music with percussion instruments. Circles can consist of three friends in a living room or a thousand music lovers jamming outside in a park.
In popular conception, the Rastafari faith is more closely associated with reggae than with any other music. Undoubtedly, much of roots reggae does have a solid foundation in the reasonings, or philosophy, of Rasta.
It is a religion that is mystical, spiritual and staunchly Pan-Africanist; for the most part, roots reggae touts this line: Seminal reggae artists such as Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Burning Spear, Steel Pulse, Black Uhuru and countless others actively cite the teachings of the Faith on their recordings.
Every Monday at noon disabled individuals from all over the City of San Diego gather for an hour-long music class.
The class lead by professional multi-instrumentalist Dave Millard offers the students opportunities to participate in drumming activities that range from pure rhythm, to Latin beats and flute and vocal drum accompaniment. During the hour that students are at the WorldBeat Cultural Center they practice appropriate social behavior, they act as “mc” for their class and they dance together for the sheer joy of it.
Jack & Jill of America, Inc. was founded January 24, 1938 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from a meeting of 20 mothers by the leadership of Marion Stubbs Thomas with the idea of bringing together children in a social and cultural environment. In 1964, as more groups became active, bylaws were drawn up and incorporated under the laws of Delaware. Theorganization was a nonprofit family organization by mothers of children between the ages of 2 and 19 holding membership. Jack & Jill celebrated its 50th Golden Anniversary in January 1988.
Francis Awe is prince in the Yoruba tribe of Nigeria.
He is said to be the master of the Nigerian talking drum.
His grandmother was the one who discovered his talent when he was only two months old. Every time there would be drums being played he would cry. So one day his grandmother decided to take him to a place where there were drums being played. Francis would stop crying as soon as he heard the drums.
The grandmother did this on three different occasions and finally she introduced him to the village drummers and they took him under their wing.
A drum circle is any group of people playing (usually) hand-drums and percussion in a circle. They are distinct from a drumming group or troupe in that the drum circle is an end in itself rather than preparation for a performance. They can range in size from a handful of players to circles with thousands of participants.
In 1991, during testimony before the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging, Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart stated: