“My first exposure to traditional African drumming was in 1983 when C.K. Ladzepko was touring around Australia. Since then I have I integrated it into my own community drumming and dance group Wild Moves on the Surf Coast. This photo was taken at Seven Sisters Festival where I have been involved in creating the Opening or closing ceremonies using djembes for the past 5 years.
Djembes are a part of the primary arts and early childhood education at Deakin University where I have been lecturing for the past 26 years.
Currently I am studying Ethnochoreology at Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in Ireland and naturally the djembe is part of my thesis on Sensory Embodiment.
Playing djembe immediately earths my body and helps to keep me grounded, rooting my energy to the Earth.
Playing in a drum circle always connects my heart to others creating a feeling of unity and One Spirit, One Family to ground Peace on our Planet”