The Story of Big Drum – New film documents drum culture in St. Vincent.
New film documents drum culture in St. Vincent. Big sounds and big drums.
On formal occasions, sounds of drums beating might be heard on Union Island — one of the islands comprising the nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Groups of people congregate with their instruments and play drums and sing songs passed down from their ancestors. It is a tradition that has been practiced since the early 1900’s and one filmmaker is sharing the rich musical history of the islands drum-playing in his documentary film.
The Brooklyn College alum Wayne Gomillion studied television and radio, and quickly discovered his passion for filming.
Union Island the birthplace of America’s first Caribbean-American shipmaster, is located in the Windward chain of islands. They maintain an African tradition of ceremonial drumming, singing and dancing. I interviewed elders and was able to record actual video of a ceremony to honor a deceased relative.
For many years drumming signified the celebrating of life. It represents strength, power and deep spirituality. It’s a serious reminder of how we all got started. Its driving beat has become the driving force of anyone in ear shot distance to internalize that rhythm and use it for motivation to create a habit of achievement. Most importantly, it’s a rite of passage. Witness the Story of Big Drum in today’s modern society
Producer: Wayne Gomillion
Audio/Visual: Wayne Gomillion
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The Stewart Family Preservation Fund
Simeon Stewart – Narration
Ezra Stewart – Associate Editor
Drummers – Roots Connection Culture Club