Drummers find all sorts of surfaces to drum on, including unusual spots in the natural world. Drumming can happen in water, or on the side of a tree, but, can drumming actually happen on ice, and be real? According to io9.com, a controversy of sorts over a Russian band's video of "ice drumming" has garnered some skepticism by people around the world. In the video proof, the rhythmic sounds of the ice drumming certainly resemble those of a djembe or other hand drum, but, are they real, or is it the magic of sound editing? Read more here: Is this ice drumming for real?
Modern technology has created many great ways to enjoy the beat of a drum, but, there are certainly limits when it comes to the naturally enchanting rhythm that can be played on a djembe or other hand drum. This YouTube video shows that while it is entirely possible to construct a robot or machine to create a rhythm, there is a necessary human element that is missing from the entire experience. Our hats are off to the technology, but, hand drums should really just be played with hands.
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Drumming is making a name for itself outside the recording studio, off the stage and away from the drum circle as it has found a great reputation as a way to burn fat while eliminating stress and anxiety. Arizona Daily Star reports that a gym in Arizona has found that this new way of burning calories is a favorite for the throngs of people looking to find a new motivation to get healthy. Because of Pound, the drumming-exercise program, more people are turning to rhythm to help feel healthy, with a familiar soundtrack to help increase the "workout effect" of the drums. Read more here: Working out to a different drummer
The Brazilian Carnival invites people from all over the world to celebrate in the streets while immersed in the sounds of Samba. In a recent YouTube video, this sound was captured, but, with one very notable enhancement to the sound - the entire group of Samba drummers is female. The São Clemente Samba School showed that an all-female Samba drumming group has just as much impact as the more traditional mixed-gender groups that play, and with more and more women picking up drums, these groups are re-defining the sound of music in Brazil and across the globe.
Kids naturally love to drum, and to be part of drumming activities and events, and it takes a special person to help bring that all together to instill a lesson on responsibility in life. Journal Pioneer reports that Mitch Dorge, the drummer for Crash Test Dummies, recently visited a school to get kids excited about music and instruments, and bring home a lesson on the effects of drugs and alcohol on the brain, and in life. Dorge's efforts continue to entertain and inspire children, serving as an in-person lesson in the choices we must all make and the responsibility for those choices. Read more here: A message with a beat
There is not much to say about Sheila E that has not been said before. As a musician and percussionist, she will always remain at the top of the list of the greatest drummers to behold, with her unique style influencing a wide range of music today. In this YouTube video, Sheila E is captured in a fantastic conga drum solo that shows she has no plans of stopping her rhythm anytime soon.