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Spirit of the Drums: New Orleans Meets Dakar
A Performance/ Workshop at WARC
On December 12th, 2013, the West African Research Center hosted a presentation by Mr Kamau Philips and his wife, Mrs Binta Betty McDaniels, on the culture of New Orleans.
Mr Philips and Mrs McDaniels, through a display of various objects used during street rituals and celebrations, musical instruments, pictures, books and short videos, allowed people who attended to experience cultural New Orleans.
The event was wrapped up with a live performance. Mrs McDaniels showed the audience dance moves while Mr Kamau played on a “Jembe” or tambourine different rhythms played at occasions such as funerals or to show the historical relationship between African Americans and Native Americans.
Both artists showed, through songs, music and dance rhythms of New Orleans, the connection between New Orleans and Africa.
The event was attended by 15 people, all of whom very much appreciated the performance and enthusiastically danced to this music that sounded so familiar.