Juneteenth, 2023 was the occasion for a family-friendly, community-oriented event featuring a drum circle and workshop instruction in djembe drumming and West African dance.
The event at the bandstand at DI’s Waterfront Park was a presentation of Watoto Academy of the Performing Arts. Watoto Academy is affiliated with and based at Meeting Street Academy in downtown Charleston. Watoto/Meeting Street Academy staged the DI performance as part of an ongoing collaboration with Bishop England High School.
Observers were invited to try their hand at drumming and join in learning some basic dance movements.
Check out the two videos below!
To learn more about the Watoto Academy CLICK HERE
For a guide to djembe drumming CLICK HERE
The above videos courtesy of Beth Bush. Look for more on this event in an upcoming Daniel Island News.