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The birth of The Gathering of Drums

Updated: Jun 3

Some time ago whilst living in North London, I noticed a narrative coming from some politicians and sections of the media which troubled me. It was: that people of differing cultures couldn't or weren't supposed to live together or side by side.

They were promoting the idea of 'It's them and us'.

One day as I walked along the main shopping street a realisation came over me, and I stopped, stood still on the pavement, and looked around.

There was a Jewish (Kosher) supermarket and bakery a few doors away from a Persian book and musical instrument shop.

To my left was a grocers run by a man from Pakistan, next to a Chinese restaurant.

A few hundred yards away stood a Catholic church which had a large West African congregation and behind it, a Jewish cemetery.

A little farther down the road was the town centre which was home to a large Japanese community, and a Buddhist temple

Then there was myself, a Scotsman brought up in England and it literally struck me.

We already are living together, there's no them and us, there's just us.

I had to find a way of saying it, of expressing what I could see, but I was a musician not a politician, so I decided to find a way to say it with music.

That is when the Gathering Of Drums was born.

There ​are instruments representing different continents, cultures and religions.

Rhythms usually associated with one part of the world are played on instruments associated with another part of the world. ​

They sit side by side, at times on top of one another, but rather than fighting or competing for space, they come together.

They find a way to use the space available, and they harmonize with one other.

It plays Mythical Beats and it is called,

The Gathering of Drums

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