Well, hello there, you — Here we are stepping out together, into this blogosphere, for the first time —
And — who might you be?
What a strange deal this feels like, connecting with you like this, and with a whole new world of friends known and as yet unknown.
Well who are we, for a start. I am a drummer in a community clustered around our love for West African drumming and dancing. We live in Arkansas, tucked into the northwest corner of the state, folded into the lovely Ozark hills —
And we are so lucky to have in our midst a true son of Africa, Kouakou Yao “Angelo.” Through Angelo, we rock out to the beat of Mama Africa — and if you’re already a friend, you’ve felt just how joyful and energizing the experience is.
Angelo has been here with us for just over six years. In that time, I’ve noticed how so many have come and gone since then. Along with this brand-new blog, we’re also on the brink of opening up our brand-new website. And as I was reviewing the material for it, I was amazed to see how many people have drummed and danced with us in the time Angelo’s been here. Children have been born, or welcomed into our community in other ways. Our drummers and dancers have come and gone, moved away; new people have arrived —
And the beat goes on.
So — here we are at one more new beginning. I’m excited to see who shows up. Hello. . . . and won’t you join us?
Angelo teaches in Fayetteville at the Whole Earth Lounge, Mondays — Drum class at 6:00, dance class at 7:00 —
And in Eureka Springs at the Enthios Studio, Thursdays — Drum class at 5:30, dance class at 7:00 —
Or if you’re a wild-child drum-circle type, Angelo leads a community drum circle in Eureka Springs, first Saturday of every month weather permitting, Basin Park, 6:00 —
Y’all come. See you there — or here!
Anita Schnee, drummer