Adinkra Lumads Djembe Community

16295431_10154799134975149_1388082290_n

The Djembe is the ubiquitous instrument of West African Music. A goblet-shaped drum usually made of wood and animal skin, it is a versatile instrument that is used in many styles of music. Djembe drum circles are gatherings of peoples from all walks of life, to communicate through music. From the low hum of the base that mirrors the pulse and rhythm of the heart, to the tones and slaps that translates the drummer’s thoughts and feelings into musical language, a djembe drum circle unites all without muting individuality–a true community.

Adinkra symbols have their origins in West African folklore, named after a king who painted symbols in his garments after being captured by the Asante people. These symbols, originally symbols of sorrow and defeat, changed overtime to signify values important in West African traditions and cultures. Adinkra symbols told the story of the rich and diverse peoples of West Africa.

Lumad is a Cebuano word for “native” or “indigenous. ” Mindanoan pre-colonial indigenous communities have called themselves Lumads to distinguish themselves from their Muslim and Christian neighbors. The Lumads remain steadfast in the preservation of their traditions despite many external challenges.