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USA/GLOBAL: Drumming Events from Los Angeles to Abuja

On March 19th, starting at 2pm at and on Venice Beach, California, "Drumming in One World Beat: Los Angeles" will host an hour of drumming with a conscious wish to promote peace and prosperity in the world. Organized by OWB volunteer, Sandra Wolff, this event will take place simultaneously with a number of others worldwide, all with the same purpose and goal.

"Drumming in One World Beat" events will be held in the USA, Canada, the Netherlands, Austria, Lithuania, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, South Africa, and Kenya. In the USA, events will also be held on March 19th in San Jose and Sunnyvale, California, organized by the oneVillage Foundation, a sustainable-development nonprofit. OVF has organized events in Burkina Faso and Ghana, too, all of which will feature or include West African musicians and music. A fourth event in Ohio is being sponsored by the Arcadian Fields Ministry, a caregiving cooperative for artists, musicians, teachers, and craftspeople.

In the Netherlands, youth associated with the nonprofit UNOY (United Network of Young Peacemakers) are planning an event for Amsterdam or Utrecht ( ). In Lithuania and Austria, Minciu Sodas Laboratories and GIVE (Globally Integrated Village Environment) have organized a combined "Drums and Bells" event, with participants gathering to drum on the 19th, and on the 20th, celebrating Earth Day with bellringing.

In Kenya, youth in Mombasa will get together for a day of visiting children's homes (youth orphaned by HIV/AIDS), singing, dancing, reciting poems, and playing drums. In Abuja, Nigeria, the band Black Family will present a "Drumming for Unity" event taking place at the Gym Center-Idu. Black Family is a 4-member group of young talents whose song, "Hanlele" (meaning "hurry up to know your status") is about HIV/AIDS, a plea for voluntary testing, prevention, and education.

The Edmonton Small Press Association and the Edmonton Coalition Against War and Racism in Canada are among those holding an anti-war march and rally on March 19th, which will feature a "Global Drum Circle" as its OWB-related event.

There will be several events during the March 18th-20th weekend in South Africa, including a 60-person "Heartsong" gathering, a 450-person drumming circle called Klitsgras, and a "20,000 Drums: Transformation Through Celebration" event with 500 South African schoolchildren.

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