Drums Not Drugs Performs at Regatta 2001

One of OPP's newest ventures is Drums Not Drugs. The program utilizes musical talents of AJALI, an African-drumming performance group from Trinidad-Tobago. Led by master Drum-maker and artist Gerard Hector, AJALI teaches youth participants to construct and play the "djembe", a drum from West Africa . Youth participants learn to construct the drum from a shell to a finished product worth $400 - $500.

The group opened the Regatta 2001 event by performing a traditional West African song. Youth performers were excited to see Governor Rowland and DCF Commissioner Regaglia. The young drummers took opportunities to talk and take pictures with them.

Drums Not Drugs Program Articles

Feb. 13, 2003 Youths drum to a different beat since taking program New Haven Register
Jan. 17, 2003 ‘Drums Not Drugs’ rekindles King’s dream
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Jan. 6, 2003 Grade school drummers chosen for poster kids
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Nov 05, 2002 Valley group gets 2 grants to curb substance abuse
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Oct 21, 2002 Students march to beat of different drum
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Oct 14, 2002 Drumming away boredom
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