Jamari's Drum by Eboni Bynum

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Little Jamari loves the sound of the great village drum and often sits at drummer Baba's feet. "Why do you play every day?" he asks. "The drum is the keeper of peace in the village," Baba replies. Time passes and many of the village elders pass on. One day Jamari agrees to take over the beating of the drum, to keep the peace. But little by little, he forgets his promise until disaster looms. What will Jamari do to bring back peace? Featuring acclaimed artist Baba Diakité's gorgeous illustrations, Jamari's Drum offers a simple, compelling lesson about duty and the greater good.

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Roland Jackson studied with Master Drummer Abdoulaye Diakite from the Senegalese National Ballet and is himself a master drummer with thrifty years of professional experience. He is co-founder of Friends of de Drums, a non-profit organization that helps children at risk and those with special needs. He has been a teacher and drummer for Young Audiences of America — a program focused on preserving African American cultural and ethnic identity. Currently artist-in-residence with the Beaufort Country Schools, Roland lives in St. Helena Island, South Carolina.
Published October 16, 2004 by Groundwood Books. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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rather than join the general panic, he sits down to rap out “BEDE BADA BOOM KABEDE / BEDE BADA BOOM KABEDE / BEDE BADA BOOM KABEDE,” and, miraculously, the volcano quiets.

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