I love radio and TV stories that feature African drumming, and I thought you might, too. My teacher, Abubakr Kouyate, is often on the radio or TV, but normally it is a complete surprise, and most of us miss it.
Recently, however, one of our Thursday night classmates, Melissa Galvez, a reporter for KUHF radio, did a feature on the class, called Drumming to an Ancient Beat. The feature aired on KUHF on April 16.
KUHF had recently done a feature on drumming as therapy for Parkinson's disease, and this was a followup story on the benefits of drumming. (I will find and post the link the Parkinson's story, too, if I can.)
Melissa recorded some clips of Abubakr and parts of the class and she interviewed a few students afterward.
You can hear and download the audio file and also read and print the transcript here:
I'm a healer, working with sound, spiritual energy, visionary art, and shamanic journeying. I've been working with Tibetan bells and bowls and with drumming, rattling, harmonic toning and other sounds for healing since 1990.