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We are currently taking a sabbatical!
Keep the drumming spirit alive, support community rhythm events!

Come drum with other like-minded rhythmic souls! We are based in Santa Cruz, CA. We are a community of rhythm-lovers who have fun creating and facilitating community rhythm-based events. 

Rhythm events are open to all species, regardless of experience, age, or planet of origin. Drums, bells, blocks, shakers and other instruments are available most of the time, or bring your favorite rhythmical instruments from home to use or share. 

We usually have 3 hours to play together, which allows time for warm up, free-form grooves, guest rhythm artists and/or facilitators, and plenty of jam time. We sometimes have special guests and people are invited to facilitate and guide us towards having fun and learning in a relaxed, welcoming environment.

Are you a rhythm adventurer? Want to express yourself in rhythm and connect with other people around you? 

Come on out to our monthly community rhythm circle!

Suggested donation $5 (any amount is okay) - Pays for rental of the hall and outreach for upcoming events.


Visit the Santa Cruz Ethnic Arts Network and DrumNdancE e-Zine
to find out what else is shaking and grooving in Santa Cruz!


Directions to the 418 Project: 

Map Quest Directions

For people coming from Route 1 or 880 (the least amount of traffic, especially in the summertime!)

  1. Route 1 north towards Half Moon Bay

  2. Left on to River St. (where the big ugly River St. sign is)

  3. Keep going straight across Water St.

  4. You'll then bare right 

  5. then take a left on to Front St.

  6. Go about 3/4 mile, 418 Project (418 Front St.) is on left (across from bus station.)

For more information about these circles email Kennedy


Rhythm Web Links:

Babatunde Olatunji

Olatunji Web Site

Tribute to Babatunde Olatunji

Interview with Arthur Hull

Article about Baba on Salon web site


Our Favorite CDs: Here are names and descriptions of some of our favorite rhythm based CDs. The hyperlinked artist names will take you to their info at Amazon.com but please buy your CDs locally, support your community! Many can be found used at Streetlight Records or Logos.

Artist CD Titles Description
Mamady Keita - Nankama
- Wassalon
- Afo
Traditional Djembe pieces...smokin'
Babatunde Olatunji - Drums of Passion
- Drums of Passion - The Beat
Healing drum songs, chants, pure Baba bliss!
Mondo Beat Various Artists Compilation of various rhythm artists and groups
Mickey Hart - Planet Drum
- Drumming on the Edge of - Magic
- Diga
- Dafos
Incredible rhythms and production from ex-Grateful Dead drummer. They will take you on a rhythm jouney...
The Big Bang Various Artists 3 CD compilation of various rhythms from around the world
Stephan Rigert   PA multi-drum/rhytm Percussion Collective
Glen Valez Rhythm of the Chakras Rhythmic tour through the physical energy centers of the chakras
Grupo Exploracion  Drum Jam (Miguel Bermal, Harold Muniz, Juan Brown, Luis Cepeda & Michael Spiro, instructors at the Afro-Cuban Drum & Dance workshop at Humbolt State in July) Mix of Afro-Cuban, Haitian, & Puerto Rican rhythms. Also the hot new timba rhythm coming out of the Havana nightclubs. "Orchestra of drums without vocals." Good variety of drums and lots of percussion. www.bembe.com
Michael Spiro & Mark Lamson Bata Ketu Excellent blend of Cuban and Braziliain folkloric rhythms. Great call and response vocals.
Hossam Ramzy - Rhythms of the Nile
- Best of Baladi & Saaidi
A 2 CD workshop of Egyptian Dance music by a master percussionist.
The Drummers of the Nile - Drummers of the Nile
- Drummers of the Nile Go South
Arabic rhythms, great for dancers and drummers.
The Musicians of the Nile - Charcoal Gypsies
- Luxor to Isna 
- Ensemble Mizmar Baladi 
Wonderful traditional music created by the local musicians of Upper Egypt. From the opening sounds of the horse and buggy and street sounds in Luxor to the haunting and melodic sounds of the rababah to the beat of the tablah, it is a wonderful collection of songs.
Sirocco (or Armando "Uncle" Mafufo) - Sirocco I, II, III
- 25 Essential Rhythms
(for learning middle eastern rhythms)
Wonderful middle eastern drumming (with vocals/Oud). Uncle Mafufo also has various solo percussion CDs that are great for learning.

Rhythmic Books: Here are names of some wonderful books focused on the magic of drumming and rhythm.

Author Book Title
Reinhard Flatischler Ta Ke Ti Na: The Forgotten Power of Rhythm
Mickey Hart and Fredric Lieberman Planet Drum: A Celebration of Percussion and Rhythm
Mickey Hart Drumming at the Edge of Magic
Robert Lawrence Friedman The Healing Power of the Drum
Steven Ash Sacred Drumming
Yaya Diallo and Mitchell Hall The Healing Drum: African Wisdom Teachings
Layne Redmond When the Drummers Were Women
Bill Matthews Conga Joy
Uschi Billmeier Mamady Keita
Holly Blue Hawkins The Heart of the Circle: A Guide to Drumming
Robert Jourdan Music, the Brain, and Ecstasy: How Music Captures Our Imagination
Tom Klower The Joy of Drumming: Drums & Percussion Instruments from Around the World
Russell Buddy Helm Drumming The Spirit To Life
The Way Of The Drum
Arthur Hull Drum Circle Spirit-Facilitating Human Potential Through Rhythm
Christine Stevens and Arthur Hull The Art and Heart of Drum Circles
Natale Frank Trance Dance-The Dance of Life
Gabrielle Roth  Sweat Your Prayers
Sule Greg Wilson The Drummers Path: Moving The Spirit with Ritual and Traditional Drumming
David Locke featuring Abubakari Lunna Drum Damba: Talking Drum Lessons
John Diamond The Way of the Pulse: Drumming With Spirit
Michael Drake The Shamanic Drum: A Guide To Sacred Drumming
I-Ching: The Tao of Drumming
Patricia Telesco Sacred Beat: From the Heart of the Drum Circle
Rocky Maffit Rhythm & Beauty: The Art of Percussion
Djoniba Mouflet Joneeba!: The Exciting Workout And Fitness Program With The Dances And Drums 
Of Africa
John Miller Chernoff African Rhythm and African Sensibility: Aesthetics and Social Action in 
African Musical Idioms
Gilbert Rouget Music and Trance: A Theory of the Relations between Music and Possession
Ringing Rocks Press Kalahari Bushmen Healers: Profiles of Healing
Dirk Schellberg Didgeridoo: Ritual Origins and Playing Techniques
James Hall Sangoma: My Odyssey Into the Spirit World of Africa
David St. Clair Drum & Candle: First Hand Experiences and Accounts of Brazilian Voodoo and 
Malidoma Patrice Some' Of Water And The Spirit: Ritual, Magic, And Initiation In The Life Of An African Shaman
The Healing Wisdom of Africa: Finding Life Purpose Through Nature, Ritual, 
and Community
Ritual: Power, Healing, and Community
Susan Schuster Campbell Called To Heal: African Shamanic Healers
Dennis Waring Making Drums