02/15 | Walk All Night: A Drum Beat Journey – Film Screening


The screening will be followed by optional 30-minute bucket drumming workshop with Damonte Williams, one of the musicians featured in the film.

An idealistic social worker initiates an ambitious project to take a group of street musicians to West Africa. Fascinated by the sounds of bucket drummers she meets on Chicago’s south side, Elilta Tewelde aspires to connect the young men to their African heritage through music. A native of Africa herself, she crowd funds a trip to Senegal where the teens will participate in traditional drumming workshops under a master percussionist and his family. But the cultural divide proves wide and problems surface along the way challenging the project leaders and bucket drummers to unexpected limits and discoveries about themselves.

Elilta partnered with Washington DC based Rhythm N Dance, an organization dedicated to preserving African diasporic culture through arts education. Executive Director Kevin McIntosh works closely with Musical Director and Senegalese Griot Percussionist Medoune Gueye (aka Papa Dame.) Papa Dame is from a long line of traditional drummers and maintains a network of musicians and dancers in Senegal.

The team designed a workshop to enhance the bucket drummers’ knowledge of African drumming near Papa Dame’s home village of Petit Mbao, Senegal.

Szold Hall, Old Town School of Folk Music
4545 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, Illinois

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