Saturday, 20 March 2010

Drumming up some inspiration

Our monthly Wrekin Writers meeting was very different today. We had a drum workshop where we all got to play these incredible instruments. (I forgot the name of the drums we used so if anyone can remember, please do make a comment)

It's amazing just how inspiring it is to create such a sound. None of us had done it before, but as you can see from the video, the result is quite mesmerising. It really stirred my emotions and inspired me so much to write something. This will be our challenge for next month so I am already jotting ideas down.

I found it fascinating to learn some of the African songs and a little bit of the history of how the people would make these sounds for all sorts of occasions as they still do today. How wonderful it is to embrace different cultures by gathering together and making a sound that is so primeval all over the world.


  1. It sounds wonderful. Reminds me of the weekends at Attingham when the place was used for teacher training and we all had to play something and I managed to fight for a go on the timps. Then we danced in a circle, something to do with praising the sun and my wig, that was the fashion then, fell off into the middle...
    Hugs..glad you had a great day. xx

  2. It was fabulous wasn't it Di! I think they were called Djembe drums? I've jotted that word down in my notebook but I'm not sur if it's spelt right or is even the right word!!

    Julie xx

  3. Thanks for posting the video; it's a lovely reminder of the sound. I didn't write any of the words down, but I think Djembe is right. I did note that all the drums had onomatopoeic names, though I've forgotten what they were.

  4. Looks like you had a thumping good time!