Washington Evening Journal
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NEW LONDON — Tuesday, HJ Nugen Library hosted one of their last summer programs, West African Drumming with Fonziba.
“The drums were a lot of fun,” Library Director Taelor Donnolly said.
Fonziba Koster, commonly known as Fonziba, has taught on West Africian Jembe hand drums since 1995.
Fonziba is a wealth of knowledge thanks to her time studying with master drummers from Mali, Guinea, Sengal and the Ivory Coast.
“Fonziba had a lot of interesting information.” Donnolly said.
Sitting at the front of HJ Nugen Library’s basement program area, Fonziba taught children the different sounds, patterns, and hand signals to successfully play the hand drums.
She intermingled history of the drums and African culture with opportunities for children to experience the music and adding their own creativity to the activity hands on.
According to Fonziba’s website African drumming has many benefits.
The action of hitting the drums can help release stress, frustration, and pent-up energy.
Music cultivates creativity and self-expression which in turn, increase self-esteem and confidence.
As program participants continue in skill building they learn how to work as a team and cultivate leadership skills to create as unit.
The patterns in rhythmic drumming help improve coordination, concentration, focus and recall skills as well.
Most of all, the activity is simply fun, relaxing, and also energizing.
The smiles and ready participation of those in attendance at HJ Nugen Library are an obvious testament to these benefits.