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Mission Statement

  • To provide high quality, constructive educational opportunities based in the art form of the drums of the Malinke from West Africa, to youth of diverse cultural backgrounds in after-school, in-school and out-of-school programs.
  • To offer professional instruction, leadership, artistic direction and resources for youth performance projects during out-of-school hours.
  • To create opportunities for youth to learn from experts in the ethnic arts, with specific focus on the drums of the Malinke.

Description

Hooked On Drums brings the upbeat, inspiring rhythms of African djembe drumming from the Malinke people in Guinea, West Africa, to kids in urban Chicago. We offer Hooked On Drums classes and youth drum performances through the Chicago Park District, local schools and community organizations.

More than just a way to "blow off steam" or "keep kids off the street," the program gets kids hooked on authentic, traditional music, allowing them to explore African heritage while sharpening their minds on a complex musical idiom. And the rhythms are irresistible!

Hooked On Drums is deeply committed to using African music as a vehicle for fostering creativity, curiosity, discipline, self-confidence and well-being in youth--above all, inner-city, at risk youth of diverse ethnic backgrounds.

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http://www.hookedondrums.org

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