Drumming is an essential and intimate component of African cultural roots, recognized for its power to harmonize, communicate, and to stir physical, emotional, and spiritual bodies into movement.
Historically, African drums have been used for a variety of ceremonies, integrating storytelling with ritual and emotional processing. These were times of birth and death, war, and harvest.
Certain instruments were used to relay messages over long distances, known as “talking drums”. Some might call these the first telephones!
Significantly, rhythm served to welcome unity between tribes as individuals played from a universal place within themselves, feeding relatable connections and peace.