They took the drums away, but they could not take the beat.
Powerful. Precise. Persistent. Political.
The drum is talking. The music is calling.
When Africans lost the right to use their drums, the beats found their way into the body of the people — the Drumfolk. New percussive art forms took root and made way for tap, beatboxing and the African American tradition of stepping. From hambone to hip-hop, an extraordinary ensemble of dancers, drummers and musicians takes us from West Africa to Washington D.C. to reveal the hidden histories and resounding rhythms that transformed America. Inspired by the Stono Rebellion of 1739 and Negro Act of 1740, Drumfolk is a percussive exploration of American history, placing a spotlight on the rhythmic cycle of life that bonds all of us together.
"In the bodies of these skilled performers, the beat is obviously UNSTOPPABLE.
Defiant and UNIFIED AND INSPIRING."
– New York Times