Ever dream of joining the Malcolm X Park Drum Circle? Now’s your chance to build some confidence — Every Sunday at 1pm, join Drumlady Kristen Arant and Ghanaian drummer/drum-builder Kweku Owusu for West African drumming classes at BloomBars! Learn techniques and rhythms from Ghana and Guinea, West Africa on djembe, kpanlogo and dun-un drums. This class is guaranteed to open your heart, spark your spirit, calm your body and challenge your mind! $15 or donate what you can. More at www.drumlady.com
Instructor Bios: Kristen Arant is a performing artist and drum instructor living and working in Washington, DC. She began her drumming career by co-founding the activist rhythm ensemble Rhythm Workers Union in 2001, through which she became enthralled with the Djembe (W. African) drum due to its power to heal and transform. Kristen began to take lessons and classes in Mandingue (Guinea-style) drumming. In 2005 she founded the Young Women’s Drumming Empowerment Project – a DC-based non-profit that gives rise to young women’s self esteem, creative self expres
sion and positive development through drumming, poetry, movement and song. YWDEP runs an enrichment program every summer and performs as an all-female drum troupe through the year. In 2007, Kristen began teaching, organizing and performing full-time. She has taught drumming empowerment workshops at dozens of local schools and youth centers, and has her own class for adult students on Sundays in Takoma Park, MD. More info is available on her website at www.drumlady.com.
Michael Kweku Owusu is a Ghanian artist and craftsman based in Accra, Ghana who has spent the last 10 years of his life studying traditional West African drumming, building traditional drums, and working with children in the Arts Center – a constructed community of shacks overlooking Accra beach where some of Ghana’s most talented artists and craftspeople live and work. Kweku built a workshop in Accra in 2007 meant to house workshops for street children and visiting foreigners, who saw his work and gave him the opportunity to come to the US and spread his message: “Drumming up from Poverty.”