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LACS TOPICS — Sado Island

The Voice of Djembe

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The Voice of Djembe

I'll never forget the first time I joined a djembe drum circle.  I could barely hold the drum, much less hold a rhythm but somehow I found myself sitting in a circle of well-polished djembe players on the beach of Sado Island. Yup - an island off the coast of Japan, not Africa, mind you. Most of the people in the circle were smiling and visibly excited.  Others tapped in and held musical space with stoic face. Me? At first, I tick-tacked along, trying not to mess anyone up with my two left hands. But soon, the voices of the djembe were all I could hear....

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