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A.Making drums: If we paid the Africans what they should get paid making drums with us, a djembe drum would cost $4,000.- instead of $500.- But the economy doesn’t currently work that way and though we pay the drum builders well, we are not able to sell drums at the price they deserve to be.
Please keep this in mind if you are truly looking at African made drums. Most drums aren’t. Do you want your djembe to be made in China?!
Our friend Chris, master chef and new drummer gets in the Patriot Ledger! Check out the piece here.
Walden Pond inspires people in so many different ways. For a 51-year-old Arlington man, it is the place he goes to drum and “get rid of my demons.”
I first heard the soft sound of the drums coming from on top of a drumlin as I returned from a three-hour walk along the Fairhaven Trail, crossed the railroad tracks behind Walden Pond, and headed towards the parking area.
Three young people from Indiana came towards me, and they were also looking to see where the drummer might be. It was a soothing and intriguing rhythm that he was sounding.
Then I looked up and decided the drummer must be at the top of a big hill, or drumlin, and slowly began walking that way.
When I got in sight of the drummer, he stopped. “Can I come talk to you?” I asked. He paused and then said, “Sure.”
This video shows what I found.
He credits Alan Tauber, his teacher and mentor at The Drum Connection in Arlington.
Here is a little video I shot of the concert with a point and shoot. It was an amazing experience to hear these drummers! A little like being in Africa again. They should be traveling near you so check em out. We supplied some if the drums and support instruments. DrumConnection.