DRUM FOLK: A RIDDIMIC RESCUE
JOIN US IN A NEW FOLK AND FUNK CULTURAL MOVEMENT BUILT WITHIN THE CLASSIC TRADITIONS OF GULLAH-GEECHEE CULTURAL LEGACY
DATES: WEDNESDAY FEB. 6TH 2019
WEDNESDAY FEB. 13TH 2019
WEDNESDAY FEB. 27TH 2019
COST: $12 PER 1.5HR SESSION
- LEARN ABOUT: JUBA, HAND JIVE, RING PLAY, RING SHOUT, TAMBOURINE, RIDIMMIC MOVEMENT, VOCALIZATION, ALONG WITH THE VARIOUS REGIONAL DRUM LEGACIES CONNECTING NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURE.
- APPRECIATE AND CONTINUE TO BUILD FOLK CULTURE WHICH RESPECTS THE DRUM FOLK HISTORY, TRADITIONS, AND NUANCES OF AFRICAN AND INDIGENOUS EXPERIENCE IN AMERICA: GULLAH-GEECHEE. FODAMO, DRUM FOLK RESPECTS THE DRUM AS A VOICE—ONE WHICH SPEAKS MOTIVATION, POWER, AND TRANSFORMATION!!
- IT IS FOR ALL INSTRUMENTALISTS, MOVERS, VOCALIST, ARTISTS!!!!! -------------------------------------------------MAAFOOBEY!!!-----------------------------------------------------
RIDDIMIC RESCUE IS FACILITATED BY PROFESSIONAL AND RENOWNED PERCUSSION ACTIVISTS, SCHOLARS AND PERFORMERS
REIMAGINE AND CREATE IN A SUPPORTIVE ENSEMBLE ENVIRONMENT, A GENUINE COMMUNITY—A MAKE NOT TAKE CIRCUMSTANCE. NO PAVED ROADS BEFORE HAND— ONLY ALL OF THE TRAILS, OPTIONS AND CHOICES YOU CREATE!!!! COME DRUMFOLK!!
A Which Way Savannah Campaign Initiative
The WWS (Which Way Savannah Campaign) is not an advocacy group. It does not seek to relay any type of simple reform measures for the city. It rather identifies consummate existential concerns of the city in hopes of transforming them. These changes concern basic historical, educational, artistic and rooted-cultural agency which might produce long term structural and systemic transformation. A part of the WWS treatment is to supply specific educational and cultural information, programs and resources that might stimulate deeper awareness and participation in genuine (and little known) regional archives.
David Pleasant, born in Savannah, grew up on Sapelo Island and in Darien. He is founder of the WWS, ‘Which Way Savannah’ Campaign—a movement dedicated to replacing local narratives of oligarchy, The Confederacy, and colonialism with counter narratives of Escape, Rebellion and Freedom for African, Gullah-Geechee, Native American and Poor people. Pleasant is a Drum- folk master and true Griot of the present. A choreographer, composer, independent scholar and writer, his work spans categories of jazz, pre-Spirituals, dance theater, Hip-Hop, Broadway, network TV, recording, and documentary film.
Pleasant has spent over 35+ years introducing Gullah-Geechee (early African American culture) to national and international participants. He is an award winning performing artist who has collaborated across various genre lines with artists such as: Audra Mc Donald, Wynton Marsalis, STEP AFRIKA, Cecil Taylor, Erykah Badu, ABC News Division, Urban Bush Women, Arrested Development, Charles Gayle and others.
David works as guest lecturer at a variety of institutions including: Smithsonian Institute, Fulbright Senior Specialist seminars, NYU Encuentro Brazil, Ministry of Education, Rome and Schomburg Center NYPL. At Schomburg Center, Pleasant and actor Chadwick Boseman developed innovative theater and music programs for the Junior Scholars program. Pleasant’s involvement in JS evolved from his work with the African Burial Grounds project, NYC. His recent work at Princeton University’s, Princeton and Slavery project, engaged historians Eric Foner and Martha Sandiweiss—and again paired him with director Regina Taylor. Pleasant, as Drumfolk Riddim Specialist, collaborated with Taylor in developing the original and second version of the highly touted Gospel play, CROWNS. David Pleasant is a sought after artist for his amazing percussion genius, cultural awareness and experiences.
David Pleasant, www.davidpleasant1.com, wwwpleasantinstitute.com, email@example.com
Osunkemi Liz Coleman (Universal Vibrations) says: I am a percussionist and educator specializing in African and African Diaspora music genres. As a cultural arts consultant, I work with community-based and academic institutions to create and develop multicultural program activities for youth and adults. For over twenty years I have been performing for diverse audiences in venues ranging from schools and hospitals to some of the world’s great stages.
Liz Osunkemi, firstname.lastname@example.org
© 2018 David Pleasant