Bend, OR
Hometown: Moline, Illinois

Member since:

January 22, 2013

What has been some of your experiences (listening, drumming, dancing, watching) of West African Drum and Dance?

I had a good friend from Africa who told me that you can feel what's in a person's soul when you dance with them. I feel very much the same about the drum. I've played the drum casually for almost 4 years; I play whatever beat feels right in that moment. No organized rhythm whatsoever, and I would hesitate to say that I have legit experience. I've enjoyed playing with others and love drumming in a cohesive yet freestyle circle environment.

What would you like as an outcome, goal or personal development of joining this group?

It's very different for me to follow an organized rhythm that involves being in perfect harmony with others. I've trained my brain to Not think when playing the drum, so counting or singing while playing feels strange. I am hoping to unwind that and further develop my skill by remembering rhythms through singing and counting the beats. Although I love playing in groups, I am easily embarassed when put on the spot. It just is and so, I guess my hope for personal development would be to have more confidence while playing in front of others without turning completely red in the process!


My name is Shayla. I see Winter as a time of exploration; learning new skills and hobbies to broaden my sense of being. I'm very excited to be a part of an organized group where I can learn some new beats.

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