Obayana Ajanaku, who leads Indigenous Vibes, has traveled to Brazil, Russia, and Africa as a professional drummer. He teaches African drumming at Austin East High School in Knoxville, and he has introduced drumming in other Knox County schools.
On Saturday, Ajanakuâ€™s Indigenous Vibes will be the featured entertainer at the Childrenâ€™s Museum of Oak Ridge International Festival, a family-friendly gathering offering entertainment, crafts, and cuisines from cultures around the world. Music, dance, comedy, and martial arts will be on stage throughout the day, and children may make and take home a variety of international crafts.
â€œOur purpose is to reach out to the community, to talk about unity, diversity, and our outreach program with youth,â€ Ajanaku said, adding that at-risk youth benefit from learning drumming and participating in performances.
He said he has been drumming since he was six years old, encouraged by his mother. She was interested in the African culture and encouraged her children to learn African drumming and dance. He entertains and educates with the djembe drums, a set of drums that all work together, he explained. [Read more…]