Sunday, September 28, 2008

Marsha Kameron's Freedom Birthday Bash

What a terrific time we all had celebrating Marsha Kameron's Freedom Birthday Bash at the Presbyterian Church in Saranac Lake on Saturday! Over 70 people were there and Johnna MacDougall of Soma Beats shared her "babies" (percussion instruments) with the party-goers so they could dance and rock to their own rhythm.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Wulaba Drums for Adirondack Marathon

On Sunday September 21st, Wulaba was on the race track at the Adirondack Marathon in Schroon Lake to help those marathoners push through with the beating of the drums echoing the beating of their hearts. Together with Burlington Taiko and Songs of the Spheres (another West African drumming group), we were strategically placed along the entire race track until the racers went through the finish line. We heard, "Thanks for the drumming! That really helped!" over and over again. We saw kids on the sidelines cheering for their mom or dad and bouncing up and down to the beat of the West African drums while they waited. Wulaba got together with Len Mackey to perform together near the finish line, where Len performed on the Balaphone while Wulaba played drums. He also played the African flute which, apparently, could be heard for miles. We look forward to next year when we'll be able to jam together outdoors again! It was an awesome day! Karen

Friday, September 26, 2008

Capoeira, Soma Beats & Wulaba Drum at the Art Walk

Thursday Sept. 18th, which was the birthday of one of our drummers, Sandy Muller, we celebrated by drumming at the Saranac Lake Art Walk. Jamie Whidden was there on hand to show off the fluid martial arts moves of Capoeira, a brazilian art form. Jamie, James and I did some Capoeira together. I had a half Capoeira outfit - half African outfit on for the occasion. Johnna Macdougall, African Dance teacher, brought several of her Soma Beats dancers to dance with us. We even had a few spectators dance this year which was awesome! Just like last year, we were in front of the town hall - the perfect place to be for lots of attention! Karen