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2nd Annual African Diaspora Dance and Drum Festival of Florida

The West African Dance & Drum Festival of the Season is here!
www.adddff.delouafrica.org

A Three Day Journey of Cultural Expression & Joy!

August 5-7, 2011 at the Little Haiti Cultural Center 212-260 NE 59th Terrace Miami FL 33137

Festival Events & Schedule with Amazing and Talented Artists! This Event is Open to the General Public. On-Site Workshop & Concert Tickets Available Now!  On-site Concert ticket prices:
(Held at the Little Haiti Cultural Center Theater)
$15.00 at the Box Office
$12.00 Students & Senior Citizens
Children 12 & under: FREE

On-Site Workshop ticket prices:
Dance & Drum: $15.00
Yoga, Shekere and Song: $12.00
Balafon (African xylophone): $20.00
Djun-Djun Dance Intensive: $18.00

Free Workshops:
Drum & Dance workshop for Children 12 & under
Rites of Passage for Children & Families (Including Arts & Crafts)
Children’s Village (Storytelling, face painting, hula hoop, balloon twisting and more)

About the Festival
Delou Africa Inc. is hosting their 2nd Annual African Diaspora Dance and Drum Festival of Florida. This three-day cultural arts festival and conference will feature workshops, a symposium, a concert, vendor market place and children’s village. Activities will include drum and dance workshops with world renowned artists from Senegal, Ivory Coast, Guinea, and the Caribbean. Music workshops will focus on a variety of instruments including balafon (African xylophone), shekere, djembe, djun-djun, kutiro, Sabar and African songs. Special happenings will take place including yoga, storytelling, hula hoop, face painting, artist panel discussion, Rites of Passage for Children and Families, and a raffle drawing for 2 round trip tickets to South Africa and other prizes. Other highlights are a concert extravaganza, an award presentation, a cultural reception, and a Djun-Djun Dance Intensive workshop.

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There’s some new full moon drumming in town

As you might probably know by simply looking at the night sky tomorrow is the Full moon drum circle in Miami and Miami beach.
if you want to attend to the Miami Beach drumming congregation you might very well do so by getting all the instruction on our Full moon page from website’s menu.
I’ve being invited to another celebration in Downtown Miami, here are the details:
Eleuthera Lounge / Villa 221 / Buck House from 9 PM. 221 NE 17th Street Miami, FL
Get ready for Miami’s most entertaining monthly FULL MOON event with some of South Florida’s best talents for live music and performances.Free Admission – No Cover Charge)
Sultry Sound by: DJ Jason Perez
Be there for our ceremonial midnight drum circle accompanied by spiritual dancing around the fire… We will have performances and participation by numerous talents including drummers, hula hoop and fire dancers, AcroYoga, Henna Art, Tarot Reading, Exotic cuisine and Drinks, Coconut Art, and much more…
*We have an open house policy for drummers and performers… BRING IT ON!*
**Also, please feel free to DRESS CREATIVELY… No attire is too outrageous!**

Sounds like an interesting adventure that I’ll check out tomorrow, so if you go, see you there.
This weekend also Delou, Broward drum circle and Pompano drum circle. Check their pages on Miamidrums.com’s menu for more info.



Drumming over South Florida
7 July 2011, 7:41 AM
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Hello there!
I hope you’re ready since there are many interesting things to do this weekend, be aware of the scorching temperatures we’re experience here in South Florida. Some of this weekend activities are outdoors, so taking solar protection and enough water and hydration is always a good thing.

Mark Richards is inviting every drummer in town to a Drum Circle at Fairchild Tropical Garden’s Mango Festival this Saturday July 9, 2011 From 10:30-12:30 – Fairchild’s 19th Annual International Mango Festival will celebrate the Mangos of Hawaii. Seating will be provided and there will be a few extra drums on a first come, first serve basis. There are many activities to do at the Fairchild, here is the event’s schedule. There is an entrance fee to get into Fairchild, so you might consider staying for all the activities.

Then, you might want to experience an alternative type of  drumming, Buddy Helm is teaching this weekend only his very special Healing and meditation class. You might remember Buddy from the Paralaounge videos, see his drumming class video.
He’s teaching on Saturday at The Goddess Store – 8:00-10:00. 2017 Harrison St, Hollywood. Class costs $25
He’s also teaching the same class the following day for the Miami crowd at Mark’s house :4427 SW 16 St, Miami (please go around the block and park in the back of the house and come in through the back gate). Class costs $25

This Sunday you can attend the Hollywood drum circle. Check out the drum event calendar for more info about it.
And last but not least, as I mention last week, Delou is hosting a dinner fund raising after their community class schedule in the Little Haiti cultural center. 212 NE 59th Terrace Miami FL 33137. Drum class starts at 3 PM and fund raising would start at 4:30 tasty african cuisine offering a variety of meat, vegetarian & vegan dishes!  Suggested donation of $10
I’m sure not going to miss that one. You would be contributing to a wonderful non-profit organization!

No matter what you do this weekend, I wish you a pleasant and enjoyable time!

Take care

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Drumming in South Florida
1 July 2011, 3:05 PM
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Hello there,

I hope you’re doing allright.

This weekend we have the Coconut groove drum circle. Saturday 2nd, 2011
Florentino Plaza, Grand Avenue entrance, below “THE KNIFE” restaurant. 3444 Main Hwy Coconut Grove, Miami, FL Rain or shine. From 8:00 PM till  11 PM
Bring your own chair since we’ll playing at that little patio…

Also check out the information on the drumming calendar for the Broward drum circle.

Also this weekend Delou’s dance and drumming classes and be sure to write down on your calendars :
Delou Fundraising Dinner –  Sunday, July 10th, 2011 – 4:30 till 7:30 at theLittle Haiti Cultural Center. Tasty african cuisine offering a variety of meat, vegetarian & vegan dishes!  Suggested donation of $10

I’m sure not going to miss that one. You would be contributing to a wonderful non-profit organization!

I hope you enjoy this weekend and the 4th of July celebrations!

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Last Quarter Moon Drum Circle
23 June 2011, 7:25 AM
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Tomorrow at 7:30 you can attend the Last Quarter Moon Drum Circle at Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft. Lauderdale 3970 NW 21st Avenue (between Commercial and Oakland Park) Oakland Park, Fl 33309. For more info check out the event calendar page.

Don’t miss the Broward drum circle this weekend, check it’s page from the menu for more information.
Also, Delou’s drumming class at 212 NE 59th Terrace Miami FL 33137. Class starts at Sunday at 3. Drum class cost $10

Hollywood drum circle – This Sunday – Holland Park – Main Level of Waterfront Tower, 801 Johnson Street. Hollywood, FL 33019
FREE EVENT
Belly-Dancers welcome! Wheel-Chair accesible ramp on Tower! Free Parking! We will be jamming in a beautiful breezy setting right by the water in an absolutely gorgeous park! We may most likely be intriguing the boaters passing by:)
Please Bring:
– Any hand instrument.
– Any snacks, munchables, or drinks to share (not an obligation). There will be a table.
– Your Positive Energy and Smiles!

Kids are totally welcome; but the location is on an unsupervised deepwater shoreline with easy access to the water’s edge. Some parents have found themselves spending all the time watching their kids instead of drumming.

Last but not least, if you happen to be close to Dunedin Florida check out the Enchanted Earth in Dunedin. Casual Drum Circle on Saturday June 25th. It will be from 7pm – ? and held in the stores beautiful SHADED back yard and being that close to the gulf there is usually a very nice breeze. So come on out and let the rhythm of the universe flow through you as we create some beautiful tunes.

Enchanted Earth  733 Main Street Dunedin FL, 34698 (727)216-6594

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Coconut groove drum circle this weekend – Drum South Florida
2 June 2011, 9:09 AM
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The Coconut groove drum circle is this weekend. Last one was a lot of fun, check out the audio recording.
Coconut Groove drum circle at 8:00 pm
Florentino Plaza, Grand Avenue entrance, below “THE KNIFE” restaurant. 3444 Main Hwy Coconut Grove, Miami, FL Rain or shine.
Bring your own chair since we’ll playing at that little patio…

Also, to accomodate as much information as possible, I’m re-launching the Event calendar page this way you can see and plan ahead for upcoming events that might not have been included on the post. Hope this helps you drum even more …



Virginia Key – Miami Full moon drum circle
14 May 2011, 9:53 AM
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Tonight don’t miss the Virginia Key drum circle. We expect to get a lot of drummers after Miami herald’s story. Although tonight is not the official full moon, we’re doing the circle tonight to take full advantage of the Saturday night.
If you missed the herald article you can read it here:
http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/04/29/2209047_south-florida-drum-circles-transcend.html#storylink=addthis

Tonight: The Historic Virginia Key Beach Park from 7 till 10 – 4020 Virginia Beach Drive – Virginia Key in Miami, FL
We celebrate our lives under the full moon in the beautiful natural setting of the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park.
Bring drums and admirable hands. Bring hoops, poi, zils, veils, coin sashes, moving hips and clever feet. Bring open hearts
Bring inner children and *real children* – let them run around in the dark while we drum (Bring your own seating)

I’ll be taping some video for the site, hope to play with you there…

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Full moon Miami, Virginia Key Drum circle
16 April 2011, 10:10 AM
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Tonight you can attend the  famous or infamous Miami beach drum circle classic destination – more detailed info at the left menu – or you can break up from the usual celebration and attend the Virginia Key drum circle.

This is a great option that keeps growing. Tonight, before doors close at 7:30 – The Historic Virginia Key Beach Park -4020 Virginia Beach Drive on Virginia Key Miami, FL. Only hand drumming for this one. Bring your drum, chair, and hydration

Starts at 7 PM

Also,
DELOU AFRICA DANCE ENSEMBLE IN CONCERT AT THE LITTLE HAITI CULTURAL CENTER Featuring Children of Kuumba and Friends: The Wontonara BalletSaturday May 21, 2011 Little Haiti Cultural Center212-260 NE 59th Terrace Miami, Florida 33137 – 7:30pm

Tickets for adults are $15.00 in advance; $20.00 at the door, children 12 and under FREE, Students and Senior Citizens $10.00 Tickets can be purchased in advance @ LHCC Monday Tuesday Thursday Saturday 10 am-5 pm Wednesday Friday 10 am-8:30 pm and Sunday 2 pm-7:30 pm or at the theater box office the day of the production.
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Full moon drumming in Miami and South Florida
17 March 2011, 7:31 AM
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The Full moon is once again here, time to celebrate and also to think in what have you achieved since last full moon…
Full moon Miami beach and Miami full moon drum circle this Saturday. Check the Full moon Miami beach drum circle page for more info.
I suggest the alternative Full moon drum circle at Virginia Key, FL this Saturday 19th, 2011 from 6 to 9 PM – 4020 Virginia Beach Drive. Bring drums and your own seating. This is a drug free, alcohol free, smoke free event. It’s also a hand-drum circle, so np timbales, snares and drum sets. Djembe, congas, bongos and any other type of hand-drum percussion welcome.
The park gates closes at 6:30 so plan to arrive earlier.

Then there’s the Pompano drum circle, Saturday March 19th from 7:45 to 10:45 PM. 222 N Pompano Beach Blvd. Two blocks north of Atlantic Blvd. No Drum Circle If: there is rain or temp is below 65 degrees. Drums and other Instruments are allowed – No Alcohol – No Drugs – No Fire
And last but not least, if you’re close to Ocala Florida:

Masters of the African Drum & Dance Camp – this weekend, Thursday through Sunday.
A full weekend of classes & workshops from masters of African drum and dance in Silver Springs, FL 34488 (Near Ocala) http://ozillyconnections.com/MaitresTambours/DrumCamp.html

Good luck and keep those djembes drums playing!



Full moon drum circle Miami and Key biscayne

Hey there,
Hope you’re preparing for the following full moon.
As Peter Gabriel wisely writes :
“It’s an easy way to remember you only have to look up at the sky and if the moon is getting full you know that its time to check in on what we are doing.”
Perhaps you can start the introspection with some healing vibrations:

Next Friday, check out the Full moon drum circle at Miami beach. Check out the page for more info

If you are looking for an alternative celebration, I strongly recommend the Virginia Key full moon drum circle. Check out the audio and video samples in the blog. This event keeps growing. Good dancers and drummers. Worth the toll and trip.
Saturday February 19, 2011 from 6 to 9 PM. Door closes at 6:30, so make sure you get there early. 4020 Virginia Beach Drive. Virginia Key, Miami, FL

Last but not least,
Full Moon Drum Circle with Eric Bli Bi Gore Friday February 18, 2011 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm Pompano Community Park, 2001 NE 10th St Pompano Beach, FL

Master drummer from the Ivory Coast Eric Bli Bi Gore will give a Djembe – drum class from 8:00 to 9:00pm. Then drum circle – jam after the class. **Eric and I will bring some extra drums to share ( if anyone else can that would help ).** **** donation excepted for class ( thanks for your help Eric )






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