Tala, named after the Sanskrit word for rhythm, is a 12-women-strong performing group, with members drawn from instructor Kat van Groove’s Rhythmic Journey group hand-drumming classes.
“Drumming is an ancient community experience that connects us at the deepest level,” van Groove explains. “Tala’s mission is to plant seeds of possibility in the lives of girls and women. To share the bliss of creating and sharing big vibrational energy. To belong to a strong and supportive community. To choose solidarity over silence when facing injustice. And to joyfully celebrate this strange journey together.”
Tala lives these ideals, performing at events that directly support causes that affect girls and women, from yearly Take Back the Night and Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer fundraisers to Voices Carry, 2014’s positive protest against Bill Cosby’s performances in Kitchener.
All members sing and play the West African djembe as well as other percussion instruments from around the world.
Kat van Groove
Jessica Cave Richard
Percussive world music
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