Drumming Group Celebrates 2nd Anniversary
The drum is a membranophone that has been around for thousands of years, and maybe the oldest musical instrument in the world. In addition to its more prevalent use as a musical instrument, it has also been used, in different cultures, as a means of communication.
Whatever its use, and regardless of what technological changes that impact down through the years, its (the drum) basic construct of a shell with a covering has remained the same.
The Resistance Heartbeat Drummers use this percussion in their public performances and sessions with persons keen on learning the art of drumming.
The group will be celebrating its second anniversary on June 3.
Group leader Mwata Byron, with some 20 years of involvement in drumming to his credit, said that the organization was established to help persons get a better appreciation for traditions and customs.
He said that this focus could deter young people from crime and violence, and help them become more involved in their folklore. Byron noted that besides drumming, the group also teaches the art of making drums, particularly the conga and dejembe.
He noted that this country was robbed of its culture, particularly the Garifuna culture, and expressed the belief that it has become essential to help preserve and revive it.
Byron disclosed that several activities have been planned to mark the group’s 2nd anniversary, among these being a drum circle at Heritage Square on Sunday 3rd June; an internal conference for drummers at Kingstown Park on Monday 4th June; radio programmes planned for Tuesday 5th June on Cross Country and on Wednesday 6th June on Nice Radio, and a work day session on how to care and build drums on Thursday 7th June.
Saturday 9th June will be given over to staging a social activity, and the week’s programme will culminate with a clean-up of the spa at Belair, on Sunday 10th June.
While the group has participated in significant events such as Nine Mornings, Garifuna workshops, and has been able to establish other drumming groups in various areas throughout the country, Byron was particularly pleased to report that the group has become a legally registered entity.
It is the intention of the group to reach out to schools so as to ensure that young persons are exposed to the art.
The Resistance Heartbeat Drummers was involved as one of the principal performers in the recent African Liberation Day programme held on May 25 at the hard court in Rose Place.
The motto of the non-profit organization is, ‘Resistance Heartbeat Uplifting our Nation through a Cultural Vitalization’.
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by Sheron Garraway