Dec. 17: 3rd Annual Bazaar, Craft Market & Ghana Send-Off Party: FREE
Holiday Bazaar and Ghana Send-Off Party at Hands on Drums – 602 Rhode Island Ave NE.
Come celebrate with us and send off our Hands On Drums Ghana trip crew with style! Sales, entertainment and food! ♥
Our Ghana trip leaves Jan 1 and ventures to Senya Beraku to see the Drumming Up From Poverty program in action, including performances by the DUFP youth drummers and dancers. We will also be seeing, for the first time, the nearly completed Artists Home we’ve been working on for the past 3 years, to serve as a home for our craftworkers whose workshops and homes are being displaced by development in Accra. The building is on the DUFP land on the Ghana coastline, and will serve as a learning center for Drumming Up From Poverty and a workshop for the Craftmakers who create the drums, instruments, clothing and accessories sold at Hands on Drums shop in DC.
We appreciate your Support!
The Schedule for the day includes:
Children’s music performer Marsha Goodman-Wood with Kristen Arant, 11am
Kima’s Fit Dance Fusion, participatory workshop, 12pm
Holiday Sing-a-long with Marsha Goodman-Wood and Ayanna Gallant at 1pm
Drum class with drumlady Kristen Arant 4pm, all levels ($20 suggested donation)
Ghana drumming performance with Michael Kweku Owusu and friends 6pm
More Than a Drum performance with baba Abasi Johnson 6:30pm
Community drum circle led by Yuma Bellomee 7pm
20-30% off all drums, clothing and accessories!
West African cuisine, Stuck on Ginger juices, Rakhel’s Live Cuisine
JOIN US FOR AN INCREDIBLE WEEKEND OF CLASSES with Master Drummer & Teacher, MONETTE MARINO.
October 28th and 29th at Hands On Drums, 602 Rhode Island Ave NE.
Sat Oct 28
Dun-un class, all levels, 10:30am-12:30pm
Lunch – onsite food vendors available
Dinner – on-site food vendors available
Performance and drum circle led by Monette and the Bele Bele Rhythm Collective
Sun Oct 29
Dun-un class, all levels,
Lunch Q&A with Monette
On-site food vendors available
Monette Marino has dedicated the past 35 years to the study of folkloric and popular rhythms from Africa, Cuba, Brazil and Korea. Her professional teaching and performing career began in 1995 when she founded her non-profit arts organization that in 1999 became the 2nd branch in the USA of Mamady Keita’s Tam Tam Mandingue International Djembe Academy. From 2004 to 2012, Monette traveled the world with Mamady Keita as his Assistant Teacher and performed with his group Sewa Kan. She is currently one of only six people in the world to have received Mamady Keita’s Diploma. Monette is the founder of Mo’Rhythm School of Percussion, and creator of the recently released Mo’Rhythm App.
HANDS ON DRUMS FALL FESTIVAL!
OCT. 7 11am-7pm.
HANDS ON DRUMS FALL FESTIVAL 2017
Saturday Oct. 7th 11am-7pm
Discounted Drums and Merchandise
On-site food, arts/craft vendors
Drum class for Children 11am
Drum circle facilitated by Katy Gaughan of Wellness Rhythm Circles 1pm
Performance by Ni Dembaya African Drum & Dance Collective 5pm
Interactive demos by our class instructors:
Family Capoeira w/ James Muwonge 2pm
Vinyasa Yoga w/ Hermione Rhones 3pm
Kukuwa Dance Workout w/ Khetnu Nefer 4pm
CBD HEMP DRUM CIRCLE
Sept. 30 7:30pm at Hands on Drums
$10 suggested donation to enter, includes one pump of our CBD oil!
Calling all entrepreneurs, vibrational healers and hemp lovers! Join us for a CBD drum circle!
This is Cassie and Kristen of Hands On Drums and we have a special opportunity to share with our community.
This event is a community drum circle where we come together to drum and experience the vibrational healing qualities of Prime My Body CBD oil. Cassie’s mother, Imani Mamalution will also be in town during our event to discuss and answer questions about our product, as well as share information pertaining to the Prime My Body business model- for anyone that is interested.
PrimeMyBody CBD oil combines nanoenhanced technology with a sustainably grown hemp oil which has been used for a wide range of healthy benefits dating back more than 3,000 years. Our formula helps to optimize the mind & body, efficiently and naturally.
As drummers we are loving the physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of this cbd oil- and we are utilizing the business model behind it to create abundance in our lives. This is a way for us and others to fuel our work in the world. Please join us! We would love to have you. ♥
Sunday Drum Classes w/ Drumlady:
8 week series
Sunday Classes: 4-5:30pm
8 WEEK CLASS SESSION BEGINS SEPT 24!
8 weeks of classes + 1 discounted private lesson = $230 if you register on or before Sept. 24!
Email: email@example.com to register
More on kristen: www.drumlady.com
Drop-ins also welcome at the following rates:
$20-$30 sliding scale drop-in/on-site
$5 per class for drum rental
Service-trade options available
(contact Kristen – firstname.lastname@example.org)
Checks to “Drumlady” cash, or credit on site
Paypal to: email@example.com
Contact Kristen (or pay via paypal) to reserve your spot.
All Levels Welcome. Drumlady teaches Djembe and dun-un drumming (West African style), along with rhythm, song, and bell/shaker techniques, to men, women and teens (ages 13 and up).
THOSE NEW TO CLASS: Please come 15 minutes early on the first class for an orientation. This counts for all those new to this class, regardless of drumming level.
AKOMA TOUR 2018
COME TO GHANA WITH US!
PHOTO CREDIT: J Scales
Greetings Drum Community-It is time again for us to venture to Ghana, our sister city.We will be going from late December to early January. The likely dates will be Dec. 28 2017 – Jan 8 2018, including travel. We want you to come with us.Our brother Michael Kweku Owusu, co-owner of Hands on Drums and founder of Drumming Up From Poverty is recently back from Ghana with incredible stories to share.Our community in Ghana – the craftworkers who make the beautiful Artisan instruments, art, clothing, jewelry and accessories sold at Hands On Drums – have been facing displacement at their home base in the Arts Center in Accra, Ghana. But because of our community here in DC, and the support we have received from those like yourselves who attend our classes and events, purchase our drums and craftworks, rent our space, and donate to our outreach programs, Kweku has been able to lead the construction of a building that, once finished, will serve as a home base for our craftworkers.This home is located on the coast of Ghana in a small fishing village called Senya Beraku. Next door to the home and the land it’s on is a lovely resort called Sunflower, and this is where we will be staying.:https://www.tripadvisor.com/
Hotel_Review-g3135185- d7600057-Reviews-Sunflower_ Beach_Resort-Senya_Beraku_ Central_Region.htmlWhile there, we will experience some or all of the following:*Delicious, fresh local foods, and a cooking class on how to make them*Classes in kpanlogo (Akan-style) drumming*For those who are interested, classes in Batik Arts, Bamboo flute playing, xylophone, and dance*Opportunities to work in community with the people of Senya Beraku, to contribute to the burgeoning artist home on the land, and participate in drum circles for women and girls as the Young Women’s Drumming Empowerment Project launches in Ghana*Destination travel to Kakum National Forest, Elmina Castle, Kakum National Park*Witnessing and participating in cultural drum and dance presentations*Beach relaxation time and swimming in the Gulf of Guinea*Drum circles at dawn and dusk, and any other time we wantPlease join us in person this Wednesday evening August 30 at Hands on Drums from 7-8:30 for an info-session, including lots of Q & A and opportunities to sign up for the trip. OR if you cannot make it, please join us on Facebook for a Live Feed of the meeting. Just go to our event page and watch the Live Feed from there:I hope to see you there!Much love,ms k (drumlady) Kristen Arant
Hello Rhythm Community!
We happily invite you to come to Workshops, Private Lessons, Performance with Afia Walking Tree, M.Ed – Educator, Facilitator, and Ritualist! Events begin Wednesday, August 23rd and continue through Sunday, August 27th. Afia Walking Tree, M.Ed is a cultural ambassador, spiritual activist, empowerment guide, leadership development advocate and trainer. Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. For over 25 years, she has served her destiny as visionary director of her brainchild, Spirit Drumz, an international organization that prioritizes women and youth of all cultures to utilize African Diasporic song, permaculture, drumming, dancing, storytelling to activate empowerment and healing. Asia’s work is rooted in liberation of the global Black Family and in the last two years, in response to the Black Lives Matter movement, Afia has created new spaces for Black healing and activism through the Jamaican Drum Retreats for Womyn, and #BlackPowerDrumMedicine. Afia‘
Wednesday, August 23:
Black Power Drum Medicine for Women of Color
Hands On Drums
602 Rhode Island Ave NE 20002
Suggested Donation $20-$30, sliding scale
Register through Eventbrite
Thursday, August 24:
Private Lessons with Afia Walking Tree
Hands on Drums
602 Rhode Island Ave NE
Friday, August 25:
Private Lessons with Afia Walking Tree
Hands on Drums
602 Rhode Island Ave NE
Saturday Aug. 26th – Day of Workshops with Afia Walking Tree at Hands on Drums, 602 Rhode Island Ave NE:
Beginner Djembe 11am-12:30pm
Djembe/Dun-un Fevah 2-4pm
Drum Medicine 5-7pm
$30 per workshop or $75 for all 3
Sunday Aug. 27th:
Private lessons with Afia Walking Tree
Hands on Drums
602 Rhode Island Ave NE
Sunday Aug. 27th:
Group class taught jointly by Kristen Arant and Afia Walking Tree
Hands on Drums
602 Rhode Island Ave NE
Rhythm Infusion III w/ Monette Marino!
REGISTER NOW at the following link:
In lieu of summertime madness, Kristen Arant, Yuma Bellomee and Michael Kweku Owusu are teaming up for a Triple Rhythm Fest at the Hands on Drums shop this Saturday July 1.
Here’s what’s happening:
10am – Vendors invited to set up on our “patio,” facing Rhode Island Ave and just one block from the metro
11am – Kids percussion workshop with Uncle Devin – $5 per participant
3-4:30pm – Manian (Forest Guinea) rhythm exploration with Drumlady Kristen Arant – $20 suggested donation; $5 drum rental
5-6:30pm – Senegalese rhythm exploration with Dr Yew (Yuma Bellomee) – $20 suggested donation; $5 drum rental
7-8:30pm – Akan (Ghanaian) rhythm exploration with Michael Kweku Owusu – $20 suggested donation; $5 drum rental
VENDORS: Contact us to let us know you’re coming, and we’ll include you in our outreach
Text 202-213-7810 for more info
See you soon!
DRUMMING & EXPERESSIVE ARTS PROGRAM FOR GIRLS 10 & UP AT HANDS ON DRUMS THIS SUMMER!
The Young Women’s Drumming Empowerment (YWDEP) is a 501c3 non-profit based in Washington, DC. YWDEP gives rise to young women’s self-esteem, positive development and creative self-expression through DRUMMING, POETRY. MOVEMENT, SONG and PERFORMANCE.
Check out YWDEP: www.youngwomendrum.org
YWDEP in partnership with Hands on Drums presents:
Drum It Up, Call it Out!
A summer experience for young women ages 10-18
Led by “Drumlady” Kristen Arant, percussionist, performer and teaching artist, and featuring local teaching artists in West African drum and dance, poetry, spoken word, song and theater.
You will Learn:
*West African hand and stick drumming
*West African rhythms, songs and dances
*How to write poems, recite spoken word, write songs, sing and dance
*How to collaborate with others to create powerful performance pieces
You will Create:
*Your own rhythms, songs, poems, dances and spoken word pieces
*Lasting friendships with other young women
*Relationships with teaching artists and mentors
*Self awareness, Self-expression, Identity
You will Experience:
*A safe, all-girl space free of judgement
*Consistent compassion and encouragement during your process of creating art
*Release of anger, frustration and depression
Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm on…
July 6, 13, 20, 27;
August 3, 10, 17, 24
Sundays, 4-8pm on…
July 9, 16, 23, 30
August 6, 13, 20
All Sessions held @ Hands on Drums, 602 Rhode Island Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002
Fee: Sliding Scale, determined on a family-by-family basis
Young Women, Girls, Parents: Private Message or email Kristen Arant to register: firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s been a year since we tore out the guts of the abandoned L&W auto parts shop and turned it into a community space full of good vibes, goregous hand crafted drums, fashions, instruments and accessories from our craftworker community in Ghana, and most of all…GOOD PEOPLE.
That said, we invite you this Saturday to PLEASE COME.Dance and sing to the Bele Bele Rhythm Collective, Nii Dembaya, and Los Caribbeat. Check out a demo on Family Capoeira and Ghana drumming styles. Browse our local craft vendors offering healing arts and delicious foods and drinks. And check out our SPRING LINE of drums and clothing.
12-9pm Vendors! Hands on Drums, Stuck on Ginger, the Sacred Kitchen, Zoe the Designer, Yew 360 Wholistic Health & Wellness, A Soulful Touch Wellness chair massage, Treat Artisanal Chocolates, Lotus Eats Life Feminine Apothecary, House of Lukaya, Crafty Blessings
2pm – Family Capoeira demo with James Muwonge
3pm – Ghana drumming demo with Kweku Owusu and Nii Adjei
4pm – Performance by Bele Bele Rhythm Collective
5pm – Performance by Nii Dembaya drumming
7-9pm – 2 Sets performed by Los Caribbeat
COME ON OUT!
Afia Walking Tree – Drum Medicine in DC
SAVE THE DATE: AFIA WALKING TREE is coming to DC on March 4!
Workshops in basic percussion techniques will be followed by DJEMBE FEVER and DRUM AS MEDICINE – Experience an intense moment of connection with the drum as a tool for healing. Workshop descriptions and Schedule Forthcoming!REGISTER NOW!
Afia Walking Tree, M.Ed – Educator, Facilitator, and Ritualist, Afia Walking Tree, M.Ed is a world-class cultural ambassador, spiritual activist, empowerment guide, leadership development advocate and trainer. Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. Walking Tree’s drum-songs are prayers of gratitude for the generosity of spirit. Her lyrics are evolutionary teachings, addressing present day issues of social justice, freedom, healing and self-love. For over 25 years, Afia Walking Tree has served her destiny as visionary director of her brainchild, Spirit Drumz, an international organization that prioritizes women and youth of all cultures to utilize African Diasporic song, permaculture, drumming, dancing, storytelling to activate empowerment and healing. Afia’s work has always been rooted in liberation of the global Black Family and in the last two years, in response to the Black Lives Matter movement, Afia has created new spaces for Black healing and activism through the Jamaican Drum Retreats for Womyn, and #BlackPowerDrumMedicine. Afia’s continued evolution is supporting the growth of the drumming arts as a tool for activism, healing and community building through partnerships with One Billion Rising, Echo Valley Farms, Open Meadows Foundation, and many others. Afia has been blessed to bring her powerful work to Bioneers , Northern California Permaculturre Convergence, TEDWomen 2016 and numerous, festivals, non-profit organizations, and universities across the globe.
MORE HERE: www.afiawalkingtree.com
Help build a home and workshop in Ghana for Hands on Drums craftworkers
Hands on Drums is building a home for our Ghana craftworkers, whose homes and workshops in the Accra arts center annex are being demolished for development. Our craftworkers are artisans: tailors, carvers, blacksmiths, cobblers, instrument builders, soap makers, jewelers and more. We purchase their beautiful items via direct trade and sell them in our pop-up store, Hands on Drums, in Washington, DC – a hub for culture, community, cooperative economics, music, healing and peace-building.
Here is a link to Contribute:Hands on Drums: DUFP Home for Ghana Craftmakers
May 18 & 20: West African drumming workshops with Sayon Camara
Hands on Drums Presents:
2 African Drumming Workshops with Master of the Djembe and Long Time Apprentice to Famoudou Konate…
Wed May 18, 2016
7:30 – 9:00 pm and
Fri May 20, 2016
7:30 – 9:00 pm with
Meet the Artist
at 6:30 pm
With an amazing 14 year apprenticeship to world renowned Famoudou Konate, during which Sayon was a member of Famoudou’s Hamana Foli Kan ensemble along with Billy Konate, Nansady Keita and others, Sayon is honored to think of Famoudou as his drum father. Sayon lovingly shares what he learned and the rich culture of the drum, music and song from the Sankaran region of Guinea, with an impeccable sense of time and a sound on the djembe that is as clear as a bell.
All are welcome to these mixed level classes…Sayon will keep everyone busy!
$25/class • Drums are available to rent for class – $10 rental fee * Drums also available for purchase
This event will be held at: Hands On Drums
600 Rhode Island Ave NE, Washington DC
For info go to: HandsOnDrumsDC.com
or Call/Text Kweku: 202 375 9110
More on Sayon: SayonCamaraDrumming.com
MARCH 20: SPACE ACTIVATION & SUPER SALE
HANDS ON DRUMS DC :
SPACE ACTIVATION & SUPER SALE
Hands on Drums DC invites you to help us BLESS & ACTIVATE our NEW SPACE at 600 Rhode Island Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002 on March 19, 2016 from 11am-6pm. The NEW Hands On Drums is located at 600 Rhose Island Ave NE, just a block South of the red line at Rhode Island Ave station. Free parking available (first come first served) in National Self Storage lot at 600 Rhode Island Ave NE as well as in the Forman Mills lot behind the McDonalds.
After a month of clearing out the old L & W Auto Parts shop on Rhode Island Ave, Hands on Drums is ready to ACTIVATE our new shop space with partners MRP Realty, ReCreative Spaces, and Rhode Island Ave Main Street.
On-site refreshments, performances, group drumming and CLEARING HOUSE on DRUMS, CLOTHING and ACCESSORIES from Ghana to make way for our new shipment arriving in April.