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November 22, 2007. Thanksgiving drum circle. Ft. Lauderdale
14 November 2007, 11:35
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Drum circle is organized by the Fort Lauderdale Drum Circle:

November 22, 2007 at the Fort Lauderdale Garden Club Mansion, Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, A1A and Sunrise Blvd. From 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. in a different section of Birch State Park.
There’s a small fee of $10.00 and includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks.

“We are looking for 300+ people to show up on this day”

Mad Hatter Art Festival November 2007
7 November 2007, 12:03
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Open drum circle Saturday 11/10 and Sunday 11/11 from 1 to 4PM both days in the shady grove along the pathway to The Barnacle (across Main Highway from the intersection with Commodore Plaza).
This is an open drum circle with The Djonga Kembe. The music will be rich! Come drum. Come dance. Wear a funny hat. There will be some extra drums.
and also:

Open drum circle & picnic on the beach at Key Biscayne’s Crandon Park on Sunday, November 11th, from 2 – 6pm

Thanks to Mark Richards for the information.

Location update for Mad hatter:
2982 Grand Ave, Coconut groove

Create a Djembe Strap.
30 October 2007, 15:04
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Playing your djembe standing up, as you should instead of sitting down, is by all means a much enjoyable experience, and also, an exhausting one.
Looking to purchase a strap for my djembe I looked first on the musical stores online. Remo has a djembe strap for about $28, Sageman Drums has another option for $30, theirs “is available in 3 types of trim: Brown & Yellow, Blue, and Rasta” [Mmmm Rasta straaaap, yes, finally a rasta strap] Ebay had two options, but both didn’t look like anything very special, some nylon strap with green, black, and…yes, rasta themes. There were some more artistic versions such this one but by this point, I was determined to make it myself.
So I went back to Google, and found this two invaluable sources of strapping knowledge:

After reading trhough all the posts, I went ahead, and order some nylon webbing from I wanted to get the tubular webbing, my idea was to get a wide one and then fill it up with some sort of foam to make it easier on my arms [Imagine holding a big djembe’s weight, plus hitting on it hard while playing! :S]
I finally got the 2 in wide seatbelt nylon webbing, tubular was much expensive, and I imagine that filling it out with foam was not the best solution, it’s better a wider material than narrow one. FAQ refers to the karate belts as one of the best options, problem is, karate belts are not as long as you would hope for this job…

Editor’s side note:I try to get nylon webbing locally. I could only find a store that had something like this down here in Miami. I went to West Marine, both stores on Biscayne Blvd. They weren’t even aware that they did have nylon webbing. They had also tubular webbing, but on an absurd price, so I ended up buying it online.

When I got the strap, I realized that the Rhytm Traders tutorial is as confusing as the ascii drawing on Djembe Straps’s FAQ. Not sure why the pictures are so focused on the character doing the tutorial instead of the djembe/strap itself. So I asked Mark to show me how to create it, an it’s a very simple thing if you know what are you doing 🙂

I’ll promise to post some picture of how it works…

Full moon eve and full moon – October 25 & 26

The Broward drum circle has schedule a full moon drum circle at Pompano beach:
Friday October 26, 2007 – 8:00 pm – 1:00 am. North side of Pompano Beach Pier on the waters edge
if rain at pavilion north of pier. for location contact Debe – 954-292-1581

Dade people can attend the good old Miami beach drum circle at 85th and Collins Ave: “Full moon drum circle party is commonly held at 85st and Collins. That’s on the wonderful sands of Miami beach. Serious drummers attend to the Full moon eve, since less people is aware of the previous day celebration. Both days, Full moon and full moon eve are filled with music (and people) playing and dancing.” It usually starts as earlier as 8:30 – 9:00 Pm

Floating drum – Saturday 10/27 from 5 to 7PM:
The Floating Drum is an open drum circle held, this weekend, at Peacock Park in Coconut Grove, right next to the playground. Bring your kids. Bring your drum. Bring your own seating.Some interesting options for Thursday, Friday and Saturday…

Delou Africa Dance Ensemble auditions – October 21 from 2-5
15 October 2007, 15:35
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Delou Africa Dance Ensemble auditions for the 2007-2008 season will be held Sunday, October 21 from 2-5 p.m. at FIU Biscayne Campus

On going class dance:
Sunday. 2–4 p.m – Community Dance class (West African and Caribbean). Taught by dancers from Delou Africa Dance Ensemble or guests. A $3 donation is requested unless guest artist is there (then it is $12 for dance class, $15 for drum class). FIU North Campus (151st and Biscayne) Academic Bldg 2, 2nd floor. Call Njeri, (305) 978-3866 for more info

DRUM: Tuesday 7:45 – 9:30p.m. – Learn authentic Manding style drumming with Master Guinean Percussionist Moussa Soumah at The Sadkin Center 1176 NW 42nd Way Lauderhill – Contact Trina, 954-687-5789 for more info

13th and 14th of October at The Coral Castle – Moonfairy
12 October 2007, 10:25
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Witch garden drum circle According to Armando Almirall, from the Coral Castle at Homestead, FL. Moonfairy is a “Celebration Of Nature,Earth Spirits And Magick”. Interesting topic for an event at such a special place like a Coral Castle.
The event aims to have a drumcircle in place for the entire celebration, making it the heart beat of the entire activity.
“We have setup the inner circle to our vendors village for open drumming all day. Inside the white tent in the center you will find plenty of seating.”

Entrance is $5.00 if you bring any instrument ( regular $9.50 Adults)

More info at

Floating Drum in Miami – Saturday October 13, from 5 to 7PM
9 October 2007, 12:09
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Open drum circle
Saturday (10/13/07) from 5 to 7PM
Peacock Park in Coconut Grove
next to the playground (bring your kids)
bring your drum
bring your own seating

Information by Mark Richards

Sunday 14:00hs Drum circle Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
4 October 2007, 10:33
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Hugh Taylor Birch park
Drum Circle every Sunday 2:00 p.m. at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park,
A1A and 3109 East Sunrise Blvd. 33304. In the Pavilion 3 Area. This is
an open New York Style Drum Circle, no facilitator, everything goes.

Hand drum only. No politics or religion allowed. Beginners to advanced.
Membership available. Beginners get a free lesson at 1:30 p.m. Bring
food, chair, drink, and a positive mental attitude. We drum until Sun
down or the park rangers lock the gates. We are in an overhead covered
area. Dvd and cd drum music exchange among all members. An experience
not to miss!!
info: Randy (Atu) Robinson President 954-839-5732

Tequesta Drum-Dance-Fire Circle Celebration, September 23rd
19 September 2007, 16:42
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Autumn Equinox Tequesta Drum/Dance/Fire Circle Celebration
7-12pm Sunday, September 23, 2007. – Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, 3109 E. Sunrise Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale FL. (954) 468-2791 (954) 564-4521 Held in the “Primitive Camp” area

  • drum/any instrument, dance, watch, socialize.
  • lighting of the bonfire’ ritual 7 PM.
  • Autumn Equinox‘ earth based ritual 10 PM.
  • ‘potluck’ Bring a dish, drinks, utensils; grill available.
  • ‘alter’ available to place your treasured items for energy charging.
  • $5 fee. event costs include: insurance and required park rangers
    Contact: Mark – 954-655-7182 –

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