The African concept of Ubuntu: “I am what I am because of who we all are” was practiced through drumming at Blessed Trinity Catholic School in Toronto Canada. Special needs children experienced the joy of drumming as the event promoted a sense of community within the school.
Regardless of whom you are, where you’re from, or your musical ability, drumming creates a special space and environment where you’re free from social categorization. The session included student ambassadors, teachers and educational assistants, everybody jammed together in a matter of minutes.
Sharon Phillips, a special education teacher at the school was ecstatic with the results. She said; “It’s a natural community builder, “Everyone can respond to music.” Furthermore she added: “This week is about celebrating our faith. But more than that, our faith is about connecting us, and that’s why we wanted to have the drums.”
Delivering the true spirit of drumming, Chris O’Neil, leader and facilitator for Drum Cafe Toronto said: “We have this idea of bringing people together through drums, rhythm and music” the concept of Ubutu was truly expressed in this interactive session.