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Inner Harbour drum circle plays Kennedy Center

April 28, 2010

The Youth Villages-Inner Harbour African drum circle has performed many times around Atlanta, even for President Jimmy Carter. The troupe recently played at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Play a sample of therapeutic drumming

The drum ensemble consists of 10 students and four teachers from Inner Harbour who play djembe and study the traditional music of West Africa.

They have played at the Lincoln Center in New York in addition to their Washington, D.C., performances. The Atlanta Women’s Club underwrote the performance outfits, and contributions from the staff made the trip possible. Student drummers are Denaireo S., Solomon H., Warren M., Kwame B., Kevin B., Taylor E., Michael C., Damian B., Terrion S., Johnathan Y. and Sam F. Staff drummers are Tom Harris, John Warrington and Kelvin Coleman.

West African style therapeutic drumming engages young participants in building and playing drums, improving hand-eye coordination, stimulating brain activity, and teaching musical skills that will last a lifetime. They have proved to be notably effective in helping the youth at Inner Harbour work through emotional and social issues which are important to their recovery and healing. Students report that 30 minutes of drumming reduces feelings of anger and depression and replaces them with feelings of rejuvenation and feeling alive, stronger, and hopeful.

The Youth Villages Inner Harbour Campus just outside Atlanta in Douglasville, Ga., is a residential treatment center in which young people are immersed in a series of activities that progressively challenge their social, emotional, mental, and physical resources in an ideal setting to help build upon their strengths and overcome life’s most difficult challenges.

Learn more about drumming therapy and other experiential therapies happening at Youth Villages Inner Harbour Campus.

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