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Stroll by the Corotú tree at the City of Knowledge on a full moon and you will be entranced by the rhythmic beat of a thousand drums. This monthly event Luna Llena de Tambores, the full moon drum circle, is a cultural happening enjoyed by up to thousands of people who gather to share the intoxication of a rhythmic and lunar meeting. Attendees are encouraged to bring a drum or anything they can ‘rat-tat-tat’ on in order to join in.
Headed by Panamanian percussionist Alfredo Hidrovo, Luna Llena de Tambores started as a small drum circle in July 2010 and has since grown exponentially, with anyone event drawing up to 2,000 people. Gatherings take place between 6:00 p.m and 10:00 p.m on the first night of every full moon at the City of Knowledge, as well as other venues around the city.
Historically, drum circles are a popular form of musical and community therapy, wherein participants are able to express themselves through individual instruments while simultaneously contributing to a larger movement. This therapeutic and connective quality is precisely what makes the Luna Llena de Tambores such a special event.
As Alfredo describes, the drums are merely the means to an end – a reason for people to come together. The crowd may initially be drawn by the beat of the drum, but it is indubitably the experience that keeps them coming back.
In the coming months, Alfredo would love to see even more participants at the drum circle, bringing their own drums or even simple buckets to play upon. “Bring your energy and a great attitude!” he says.
For more information on Lluna Lena de Tambores including future gathering dates, times, and venues, check out facebook.com/LunaLlenaDeTambores or twitter.com/LunaDeTambores.