The rhythm of culture and life echoed through the halls of Nova Scotia Community College, Pictou Campus, on Monday.
Dr. Henry Bishop, a renowned percussionist and African Djembé drummer, taught his audience about African drumming and the significance and healing that comes from the instrument.
“Our hearts are our internal drum, and that connects our race,” said Bishop in his talk. Bishop is a NSCAD graduate and the first African Nova Scotian man to obtain a degree in graphic design and child psychology. He also holds an honorary doctorate in fine arts at NSCAD, as well as an honorary diploma in education at NSCC, where he teaches African Canadian Studies at the Dartmouth and Halifax campuses. Bishop is also a published author.
Through his journey of learning African drumming and teaching the art to many people of all walks of life, Bishop has learned a lot about diversity and took his time to share the spirituality of drumming and how it connects us.
“Today was more about connecting with a diverse audience and giving the drum its proper spot in the musical instruments of the world,” said Bishop. During the presentation he spoke of his experiences teaching African drumming to children with autism, prison inmates, and people with many different medical ailments and from different walks of life. Many times the beat of a drum was related back to the beat of a heart, emphasizing that drumming is in all of us. He also shared some of the different beats of African drumming.
“It’s considered a revered instrument in the African continent, not so much around other places of the world. So I’m trying to raise the bar so to speak on...