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Rastafarian Demonstrates His Garifuna Drum-Making Ability

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  1. alice
    December 28, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    This guy on the corner of Church and Main Streets is a well-known crack dealer – he is more commonly called Tommy, and the drum he has made is NOT a Garifuna drum: Garifuna drums do NOT have a thin “waist” like this – they are essentially straight up and down, and the ropes are tied from the very bottom of the drum, not from the “waist” like this. The drum he has made is a Creole drum, which is completely different.

    Garifuna drums (both the bass segundo and the smaller primero drum used for the counter-rhythms) are MUCH bigger than this, and they ALL have wire or string across the skin to provide the distinctive buzz you hear in Garifuna drumming.

    It is well-known in PG that Tommy likes to con tourists, and tells them all kinds of lies…I’m afraid him telling you that this is a Garifuna drum is one of his lies…do a Google Image search for Garifuna drum and you will see just how different a true Garifuna drum looks!

    • December 29, 2010 at 2:40 pm

      Thanks for writing and informing us about this…character, ALICE. I am sure readers of BEING GARIFUNA are most appreciative. — Tio Teo

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