Tuesday, January 11, 2005
Thank God for Our Djembe Community!
What an amazing community it is! I have met so many interesting people through my studies of the djembe. I often tell my students and friends that djembe is not just about drumming. It is also about the life experience and wisdom that is gained through human interaction. It is a psychological process as well as a musical learning process. We have to learn to get along with each other in order to play well together with open hearts. Having good social skills is essential to being a good djembe player. Djembe playing is not an individual sport. It is a team effort. We play TOGETHER. This makes it necessary that we know how to get along no matter what our personal differences may be. This ability to get along with various types of people is a subtle art and a difficult skill to master. It will not only help with our djembe skills but will also help us in many aspects of our lives.