Drum circle rhythms can sometimes feel like they should go on forever, as many participants know. But, for one drum circle drummer, a personal rhythm has evolved into a new career as a drum maker. BlueRidgeNow.com reports that after a loss of eyesight, musician and performance artist Ed Carrasquillo has turned to his own skills and knowledge as a drummer to create his own line of cajon and hand drums. Read more here: Musician turns passion into a career
The Udu drum is a perfect example of an instrument that evolved from such humble beginnings. The Igbo women of Nigeria used clay pots to store their food and carry water. Women were responsible for both the gathering of supplies and the actual creation of the Udu vessel. Because they could only be created by women, the Udu was connected to ideas creation and the feminine divine. These pots were so important that they were given as gifts to the goddesses through large ceremonies. As the ceremonies progressed the Udu began to be played to create music. It was their use in these ceremonies that established the Udu used as a percussion instrument.
Drum circles combine the best of all worlds: music, drums, hand percussion instruments and even chanting and dancing. For many, however, including the best instruments for drum circles is part of the process of self-discovery, and with each new discovery, the rhythm is enhanced.