Monthly Archives: December 2011

The Black Sheep’s Pajamas

I opened my Christmas gifts from the family and my sister has finally outdone herself. She always sends me flannel pajamas, and this time they are a perky acqua with cute, slightly dazed looking sheep on them. Most of the … Continue reading

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The Agony and the Ecstasy of the Iya

Last night I got to dive back into the Iya bata drum again. This is a huge change and challenge for me, because I’ve been playing the smallest and highest bata drum, the Okonkulo, for over a year. I’ve been … Continue reading

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The Pounder Phase

In my current congolese class, two drummers now have come into their pounder phase. Because congolese drumming for dancers requires speed, skill, and endurance, once any drumming student who perseveres stops being a beginner, they go through what I call … Continue reading

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