Rain does not dampen enthusiasm at drumming circle

Sue-Ann Slabbert and Peter Prowling banging drums at Tipis Africa.

MBOMBELA – Last Saturday night’s rain didn’t deter locals from joining In Unity We Drum’s drumming circle at Tipis Africa. The relaxing jam session continued for hours and provided a welcome distraction from the week’s stress.

Tipis Africa, located outside Mbombela, provided a calm setting to begin with. Host John Mos organised a bonfire around which many drums were arranged.

“Grab a drum and make yourself at home,” John said. The drums produce a very deep sound which helps people relax. This is combined with spontaneous interaction when In Unity We Drum’s Raquel Loots takes the lead and the group activities start.

Raquel explained why drumming has such a calming effect on people, “It is a relaxing activity. The drumming circle also entails interaction, which comes naturally. When people play together, it occurs automatically.”

In a world where people are constantly stressed and distracted, Raquel explained that synchronised drumming caused one to be more present. She said that an increased state of focus came naturally and people felt more relaxed.

When the rain started to pour, the drummers moved into John’s house and an intensified session took place in the more enclosed space. The rain stopped and the drummers moved back outside to beat their way into the early hours of the morning.

Helene Eloff
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