Deschutes Public Library News
Posted By: Liz Goodrich
Date Posted: 3/2/2006
Deschutes Public Library is pleased to welcome Dajaloo, Community Drumming group for a performance in the Brooks Room on Sunday, March 12, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. This program is free and open to the public.
Dajaloo means to “gather together” in Wolof, a language of Senegal and Joe Kat, a founding member of the group, says that “if you can tap your foot, clap your hands, and nod your head then you can drum.” As a novice drummer, Kat first started drumming in the safe environment of other novice drummers. “I never thought I could do it. I don’t have rhythm, but I tried it anyway.” Embracing the teachings of master drummer CK Ladzepko, who is a performer, drum maker and teacher of African music and dance. The members of Dajaloo drum for many reasons. Besides being fun, Kat says that drumming circles are places where rhythm, spirituality, storytelling come together for healing and transformation and are made up of people who like to create rhythms together. “Drumming is about listening to what other people are doing and intending to do and about creating something that fits in,” says Kat. “It’s more than the sum of the sounds. It’s about
heartbeat and breath, body, mind & spirit.”
For information about this or other library programs, please call 312-1032.