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Pictou County Djembe Djammers hold drumming workshop

From left are: Glenn Fraser, Ian Copeland, Holly Irons, Hilary Groves and Hazel Meally.
From left are: Glenn Fraser, Ian Copeland, Holly Irons, Hilary Groves and Hazel Meally.

NEW GLASGOW – The drums thundered at Glasgow Square on Saturday.

The Pictou County Djembe Djammers hosted an African drumming workshop with drummer Glenn Fraser, who lives in Halifax but has roots in Pictou County.

“I love drumming,” said Trecia Schell, one of the Djembe Djammers who helped get the group started last fall.

There are more than a dozen members of the Djammers, she added. Practices have been held every Saturday since last December.

The group has access to the music room at New Glasgow Academy, where they can use the drums that are on hand there to work on their craft.

Ted Powell of Truro, who is a part of a similar group called the Drum Runners, is also a regular with the Djembe Djammers.

He said anyone can join, whether they be seasoned percussionists or beginners, as the djembe is a relatively easy instrument to learn.

“They are easy to pick up and play,” he said. “To the point where you can join in together with a group.”

The Djembe Djammers has a Facebook page for anyone who might have an interest in checking out the program. They have already showed their stuff to the general public, including a performance during African Heritage Month in February, when Under the African Skies was staged at the deCoste Centre in Pictou.

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