At this event, everyone in the audience (up to 400 people) will have the opportunity to play a West African-style “djembe” drum—one made of skin stretched tight over a goblet-shaped drum head.
Retired Beeville Independent School District music consultant Debbie Fulton had experienced a Drum Café session at a school administrators’ conference and highly recommended that the BCA bring the group here.
The Drum Café was started in Johannesburg in 1996 by Warren Lieberman. It started as an actual Café where drumming was used in a relaxed environment to break down barriers, inspire people and bring people together.
Moved by the experience of communal drumming in Africa, and the passion to unite different groups of people together in South Africa’s post apartheid era, Liebermann developed a global team-building and entertainment program along with leading motivational speakers, team builders and Africa’s top drummers.
The result 12 years later is a unique yet relevant program used by many of the Fortune 500 companies worldwide. “Drumming is something everyone and every culture can relate to,” explains Lieberman. “The first thing you hear when you come into this world is the beat of your mother’s heartbeat. Drumming relaxes, energizes and motivates in a way most team-building companies cannot explain.”
Liebermann has personally worked with world leaders including Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton, George Bush and Tony Blair. In South Africa, most of the prominent companies have used the Drum Café for various events.
And now around the globe you can find a Drum Café servicing just about every corner of the world: New York, Japan, Germany, Singapore, Romania and many other countries. The group coming to Beeville is the Drum Café South, based in San Antonio.
They will treat BISD school groups to a drumming experience with an anti-bullying theme during the day on Thursday, then offer the community the opportunity to drum just for fun that evening.
“I have never participated in anything remotely like this,” BCA President Kay Past said. “Everyone who’s heard about it says that it sounds delightful. We hope lots of people will show up to enjoy a taste of Africa.”
The presentation is partially funded by a generous grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.
Admission is $10 at the door for adults who do not hold BCA season tickets. All students through high school age are admitted free, as is any adult accompanied by two students, and Coastal Bend College students with their student IDs.