Britt Library reading program kicks off with African drumming

Youngsters focus on African drum rhytms during the kick-off event for the summer library program at the Britt Public Library.

Curran McLaughlin| The Leader


            “Libraries Rock!” exclaims the sign in the entrance of the Britt Public Library.

            That’s the theme for this year’s summer reading program.

            On Thursday, the library kicked off the month-long program by inviting Fonziba Drums to teach the kids about African culture.

            Run by Fonziba Koster, Koster shows the kids the lifestyle and traditions of tribes in the Western part of the continent such as Mali, Guinea, Senegal and the Ivory Coast.

            Koster brought in dozens of drums for the children to learn on.

            She also brought items such as cooking utensils and decorations and played a video of her six-week trip to the Ivory Coast to show them what the culture is like.

            The room roared, drowning out any speech with the drum rolls of each little hand hitting the drum as hard as they could throughout the hour.

            Koster also stressed the importance of the children following her lead as she showed various drumming patterns and had them playing low and high.

            Koster quickly had the children playing complex and accompanying beats to weave together a song that she would play her drum solos over. 

Read the complete story in the July 4 Leader.