We combined a demonstration of Creole cooking with an evening drum lesson and enjoyed this experience whole-heartedly. Jill Burgess took us through the process of making a traditional Creole meal, from digging the cassava and picking the coconut, through all the steps of preparation. The final product was delicious, and the ingredients could not have been any fresher--many were picked right in front of us.
Emmeth is a master drummer, well-known for his Creole drumming, but he has also studied many different world traditions for drumming. His lesson included lots of background on the history of Creole drumming and a demonstration of some of the many drums he has made. Emmeth is a sought-after teacher by serious drummers, but his drumming lesson was still very accessible, even for someone like me, born with a congenital lack of rhythm. He was very patient, and helped even slow learners feel that they could follow along.
Overall, an awesome way to immerse yourself in Creole culture, and meet two very interesting people who are doing their part to preserve it.
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