New York, New York
September 6, 2005
In front of each seat sits a 2-foot bongo drum. If you're like me, you'd get to the show a little before the show, because that way you'll have extra banging time. In any event, the 11 South and West African percussionists will make you feel like you have rhythm. That feeling is contagious, as everyone was laughing and banging. Magically, though, we sounded good. Really good.
Warren Lieberman created the show in 1997 by inviting strangers into his Lieberman Drum Cafe in Johannesburg to join him in beating a drum. Over the past few years, he has used the show to teach corporations in South Africa how to focus on the group and community rather than the individual.
But the show is more than having fun and playing the drums. The show taught us about southern and western African cultures and how many of these cultures tell stories through song and dance.
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