Westfield Winter Percussion Ensemble: Winter Percussion is a competitive ensemble open to all musicians grades 8-12. We have opportunities for percussionists, bassists, guitarists, pianists and all other musicians interested in drumming. This ensemble meets Tuesday/Friday/some Saturdays, December-April. Please contact Ebonie Lamb at elamb1221@gmail.com with questions

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  • Baba

    Posted by Gabriel Beach on 1/15/2019

    -- Babatunde Olatunj  -- --  --  --  --  --  --  --  --  --  --  --

    “Drumming is the simplest thing that we can do to bring us together.”  “Where I come from we say that rhythm is the soul of life, because the whole universe revolves around rhythm, and when we get out of rhythm, that’s when we get into trouble.”  “The evocative power of the drum can be compared to the Trinity. The drum's frame comes from the trunk of a tree, and that tree has a spirit. It is not dead wood. There is also spirit in the animal skin. If there wasn't, it would not produce sound. Those, plus the spirit of the person playing become an irresistible force.” 


    “The spirit of the drum is something that you feel but cannot put your hands on, It does something to you from the inside out . . . It hits people in so many different ways. But the feeling is one that is satisfying and joyful. It is a feeling that makes you say to yourself, ' I'm glad to be alive today! I'm glad to be part of this world!”  “I am that I am, I am beauty, I am peace, I am joy, I am one with Mother Earth. I am one with everyone within the reach of my voice. In this togetherness, we ask the divine intelligence to eradicate all negatives from our hearts, from our minds and from our actions. And so be it....ashe.” 


    “Only indiscriminate love can make us free.”  “The Creator wants us to drum. He wants us to corrupt the world with drum, dance and chants. After all, we have already corrupted the world with power and greed....which hasn't gotten us anywhere - now's the time to corrupt the world with drum, dance and chants.”

    --  --  --  --  --  --  --  -- --  --  --  Babatunde Olatunji --  --

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