Beat It

Miami is an amazing multicultural cauldron, a heated brew of North American, South American, and Caribbean backgrounds. But even here, an event such as the third annual African Diaspora Dance and Drum Festival stands out as unique. Taking place over three days, this Friday through Sunday, the festival concentrates on drum lessons — 24 adult and children’s drum workshops, to be exact. This year, the teachers — all master drummers — hail from Senegal, the Ivory Coast, Guinea, Haiti, and Cuba. This is the real deal in the world of percussion. Attendees can also look forward to music instrumentation workshops, introductions to African sounds and rhythms such as the balafon (xylophone), and traditional folk songs. It all goes down at the Little Haiti Cultural Center (212-260 NE 59th St., Miami). On Saturday night, Delou Africa Inc., which is presenting the festival, will put on “Bridging Cultural Gaps,” a concert featuring the local Delou Africa Dance Ensemble and Delou Fatala, along with the visiting drummers and dancers, beginning at 7:45 p.m. at the center’s theater. The concert costs $15; workshops vary in price from free to $20. Call 305-978-3866 or visit
Fri., Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m., 2012


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