a drumming circle

My boyfriend and I went to a two-hour drumming circle last night at our church. This activity was mainly for our E-Circle (E stands for “empowerment” – the circle of woman I belong to) and the men’s version of the same group — thirty one people in all.

Steve, our leader, lives in a commune and is not a member of our church. He was very good. He trained in Africa and had made many of the drums. Others were imported from Africa.

He said African drumming may look easy, but has diversity of rhythm and is somewhat challenging to duplicate. They don’t just sit down and pound away. Drummers use fingers, heels of hands and tap in different areas of the drumhead. There are different types of drumming or rhythms for important events in Africa like birth, death and marriage. Steve told us the villagers sometimes dance during the drumming.

At one point half of our circle did one type of rhythm while the other half did an answering rhythm. It sounded meditative at times. I learned various rhythms. I also practiced where and how to touch the drumhead and hold the drum. I held mine between my legs with the top slanted toward me. Other types of drums are held differently and a few also use drum sticks.

During the two hours of drumming, I broadened and deepened my life experience.

Dottie (Dec.’10) says, “It was only seven degrees this morning and temperatures will stay low for several days. What a winter this has been!”

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