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.