June 25, 2012

The (DRUM)circle

This past Sunday I went back to Meridian Hill Park to observe a long standing community tradition - the Drum Circle. I was quite intrigued when I was there the first time. Having parents of African decent and after living in Nigeria for many years, I'm quite familiar with Nigerian culture. Nigeria has about 250 ethnic groups and about 510 different languages (about 3 major languages with multiple dialects that filter through the regions). I speak Ibo, my parents are from the South, and I can tell you that certain Ibo dialects are hard to understand let alone speak. With the variety in languages, you also have different cultural groups. Each group adopts a different type of dance. Ultimate show in true cultural form are the many festivals when all these groups come together in a parade, usually quite elaborate. Notable holidays are Nigerian Independence day and the Calabar carnival. During these events there are colorful displays of tradition, culture and dance.
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