Afro-Latino Drum Circle and Concert with Chota Madre

  Join us for a drum circle session and concert with Chota Madre, the only Ecuadorian band outside of Ecuador that promotes Afro-Ecuadorian bomba music. They will be visiting Chicago for the first time and will share their cultural movement with us. Bomba was born and flourished from the cultural exchange between the indigenous, mestizo and African communities living in proximity in the Carchi and Imbabura provinces of Ecuador. Bomba is characterized by the percussion bomba drum, handmade by the African desce... ndants living in the area. Together the requinto guitar, the guiro, and male and female voices transmit color, feeling and passion to the people.

We will also have a demonstration of Afro-Peruvian rhythms.


What is a drum circle?
A drum circle is any group of people playing (usually) hand-drums and percussion in a circle.
Typically, people gather to drum in drum "circles" with others from the surrounding community. The drum circle offers equality because there is no head or tail. It includes people of all ages. The main objective is to share rhythm and get in tune with each other and yourself and to create a community

It is suggested to bring a percussion instrument or anything that can be banged on to make noise can be used as a percussion instrument such as cans, buckets, pipes, etc. You can also bring any other musical instrument.
One need not possess or purchase a drum or be a musician to participate. The participants make up the music as they go along, using their listening and playing skills to make musical connections and express themselves in any way that feels right. Participation is voluntary and often includes drumming, singing or chanting, dancing, and listening.


Suggested Donation: $7

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  • nicolai s.

    I saw them a old school of folk music so it wasn't my first time but the performance was just as good the second time.

    January 26, 2013

  • Bruce M.

    Spicy Sweet!

    January 26, 2013

  • Katrena G.

    I enjoyed beating on my show box. Show didn't start til almost 10.

    January 26, 2013

  • Paige

    Oh man, if it's going THAT late, maybe I'll come anyways! I'm still grading :-/

    January 25, 2013

  • Cornell

    I'm here now, but the guy at the entrance says the drum circle won't start till 10 or 10:30!!

    1 · January 25, 2013

  • Michelle J. M.

    Have fun! I can't get out this evening

    January 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello! The event calendared in my phone from 9-10pm. Is indeed only 1 hour??? Just want to make sure I don't miss it!

    1 · January 25, 2013

    • Cornell

      Wow, hadn't noticed that, good catch!! I look forward to the answer... :)

      January 25, 2013

    • Henri B.

      The drum circle itself is from 9-10 pm. The concert lasts til midnight or longer. There will be another band joining Chota Madre.

      January 25, 2013

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Rafaël

We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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