Menes De Griot
CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. June 29, 2011: A celebration of the International Year for People of African Descent through drumming is coming to Brooklyn, NY.
Guyanese master drummer and herbalist, Menes De Griot along with Wesley Gray of One Billion Drumming for Peace Network, Granmaster Kham and the International African Arts Festival will host the Inaugural Global Day of The Drum this weekend in Brooklyn, home to a significant percentage of Caribbean nationals.
The idea of people drumming all over the world to commemorate IYPAD, International Year for People of African Descent was conceived by Ian Douglas of Barbados.
Menes de Griot, son of famed late Guyanese musician, Art Broomes, will begin the ceremony on Friday July 1 at the International African Arts Festival with a drum invocation while Granmaster Kham will pour Libation each day of the festival as the Ancestral Ngomas drums are played.
On Sunday July 3rd from 3 to 6 p.m., the Global Day of The Drum Celebration will take place at Prospect Park’s Kongo Square, Parkside and Ocean Avenues in Brooklyn New York while on July 5th from 6 to 6.18 p.m. EST, drummers around the world will be drumming simultaneously ,as part of a healing vibration for peace.
“This is a time for all good hearted people to come out organize and send a healing vibration through drumming, songs, poetry, dance, chants, etc. on this planet,” said De Griot. “This is about using positive vibrations to create a necessary change, a change that would see more love and less war, a place where people could feed, house, clothe and educate themselves.”
De Griot is a phenomenal master drummer and Kweh Kweh specialist who continues to maintain the African tradition of Guyana, the Caribbean and America. He has been playing drums for almost 60 years and performing professionally, for more than 45 years.
Known as the Shanto Man or the Shanto King, De Griot is a captivating presence in the community. His outstanding performances have been recorded on the prestigious stages of New York’s Lincoln Center, Central Park “Ecofest,” Prospect Park ”Celebrate Brooklyn,” the Grand Army Plaza Library “Celebrate Brooklyn International Drum Festival,” Prospect Park “Drummers Grove” Congo Square, and the celebrated halls of the Kennedy Center.
He has also engaged audiences with his dynamic performance at the Monument Mall in Washington DC, Million Woman March in Philadelphia, Jo’Berg Stadium South Africa for their 2002 “Peace Concert,” Trinidad National Stadium, Guyana National Park, Carifesta 2008, Guyana Cultural Center. He’s also performed at various events within Canada and Jamaica, and has been invited to perform at numerous colleges and universities. De Griot has also performed for many of the Presidents in Guyana and has had the honor and privilege to perform at very historic events such as Yankees vs. Mets World Series.
For the past 18 years, he has been performing for the “Tribute to the Ancestors” at Coney Island Boardwalk, Sponsored by Medgar Evers College and The People of the Sun Collective. De Griot’s group Shanto is one of the few in existence that has children included to play drums at a professional level. His performances are considered edutainment for all ages.
De Griot migrated to the United States as a young man and joined the US Navy where he was a medic. He served for 4 years and was honorably discharged.
All drummers are welcomed to join the event. For more information on the July 3-5th event, call 718-342-6257 or 201-320-7396.