Drums et al reveals the mysteries of traditional African drumming and rhythms in a series of interactive sessions. The facilitator teaches hand drumming, African chants (antiphonal calls and responses) and a short tutorial on origins of drums and drumming in Africa. The goal here is to build up team spirit and self-confidence using African poly-rhythm as a metaphor. Music is employed as a practical vehicle representing Ubuntu (humanity) showing our interconnectedness as a community. Rhythm is not a science or art-form; it is an extension of our humanity.
Babarinde Williams, an award winning, ethnomusicologist, multi-instrumentalist, master drummer, Griot (storyteller) and motivational speaker has traveled throughout his native West Africa studying traditional percussion, dance and storytelling techniques. He has also been featured on TEDtalks (university of Windsor) and other academic forums. He was born in Nigeria and had been playing drums as soon as he could walk. His most unforgettable experience was playing for Nelson Mandela when he paid a visit to the University of Lagos, Nigeria. Babarinde Williams has a BA (Honors) in English and an Education Diploma from George Brown College.
Who can join?
This group is open to all students at the University of Waterloo.
When and how do we meet?
This group will meet in-person on Wednesday, February 28, 2023 at 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.