What we're about
Drumming cleanses the soul, organizes the mind, coordinates movements of the body, and just feels good! Mamadou Diop is from Senegal, West Africa. He has performed with some of the biggest named musicians in his country, and he KNOWS music and rhythm. It is his joy to teach what he has learned, bringing the rhythms of not just Senegal, but all of West Africa to whoever wants to learn them. Join this group if you are a drummer, want to be a drummer, or are just curious what African drumming is all about. All skill levels are welcome at his classes! Bringing your own drum helps, but there are some drums available if you do not have one. Just be ready to have fun!
The first sound we ever heard while still in our mother's womb, was the beating of her heart, and the rhythm of her breath. No matter our race, gender, age, religion or belief system, this common experience exists for all human beings.
When newcomers are first introduced to drumming as adults, they often say "oh, I don't have any rhythm," in an attempt to excuse themselves for their imagined inadequacy.
The truth is: We All have Rhythm!
Rhythm is our natural inheritance. It exists in our bodies, our hearts, our breath. It exists in the vibration of atoms, the cycles of the seasons, the ticking of clocks, the orbit of the earth. There is no part of creation that is without rhythm!
Drumming is a practice that spans the globe and has a presence in every culture. It has been used for centuries in rituals, ceremonies, communication, rites of passage, music and dance, celebration, healing, community building, and cultural events.
Drumming Therapy is a method of utilizing the natural power of rhythm and music and applying it to an individual or group for the purpose of healing. A truly holistic healing approach, group drumming breaks down social barriers, promotes freedom of expression, non-verbal communication, unity and cooperation. Drumming awakens dormant emotions and unexplainable feelings of excitement, peace, and ecstacy. It decreases depression, anxiety, and stress, boosts immune system functioning and benefits physical health.