Funded By The Kenosha Community Foundation Art Fund
Kenosha, WI – May 28, 2019 – Last Friday, youth members of the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha took a West African drumming class led by Helen Bond, founder of Motherland Rhythm Community and Medusa’s Musical Mysteries. The class was made possible thanks to funds from the Kenosha Community Foundation. Members learned how to create different sounds on the drums and several different rhythms.
Bond has studied West African drumming for over 19 years. She travels annually to Guinea to study musical traditions and culture. Bond performs and teaches classes for kids and adults throughout the greater Chicago area. Through her company, Medusa’s Musical Mysteries, she offers classes in Guinean percussion music, storytelling performances, drum facilitation and more. Bond’s non-profit organization, Motherland Rhythm Community, is focused on connecting cultures through hand drumming and offers charitable assistance to address education, health and basic needs in Guinea.
“The club members were very intrigued and eager to learn and play traditional West African djembe drums,” said Youth Services Coordinator, Chanice Lohman. “Several members left the workshop with a newfound interest in percussion and would like to attend some of her community classes.”
The Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha is a youth guidance organization dedicated to promoting health, social, educational, vocational, cultural, character and leadership development. The Club helps youth improve their lives by building skills, values and self-esteem. When you support the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha, you support the kids who need us the most, and their great futures ahead. Visit www.BGCKenosha.org/donate to donate today.