The African beat that beckons

  • 1999-03-11
  • Vineta Lagzdina
On a month long trip to Gambia, Vineta Lagzdina retraced Latvia's centuries-old connections to West Africa. In part II of II she tells of the drum beat that brought her fellow Balts to the distant continent.To experience African culture through music, dance, art and crafts, enter the Gambian doorway. Listen to the crickets and frogs accompany community drumming and dancing into the night, sit by the local big tree during the day while monkeys swing low, and watch the craftsmen build traditional instruments like the kora (harp), belafon (xylophone), while others lace beads, make shoes and cr...
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