“Drum, Dance and Sing!” Videos at Easton Library
The Easton Library will be releasing three family-oriented “Drum, Dance and Sing!” videos throughout the Summer, created by Guinean master drummer, dancer and choreographer M’Bemba Bangoura.
Families with children in grades PreK through 6th are invited to sign up for the Summer Reading Program. Participation in the “Tails and Tales” Summer Reading Program includes visiting the library to check out books, keep track of what is read on a book log, and stay in touch with the library or director about what is read for accountability and periodic drawings.
M’Bemba started playing the djembe (West African hand drum) when he was just 7 years old and started playing professionally at age 14. Today, almost 60 years later, his dedication to this music has taken him to the far reaches of our world and introduced him to thousands of other musicians, artists and dancers.
For centuries, the history, beliefs and folklore of West African communities have been kept alive through the tradition of music and oral storytelling. Stories have been passed through the ages by Griots, who are musicians, poets and historians. The music, the movements and even the instruments themselves tell the stories.