The lesson will begin with Ray giving a brief background to Garifuna culture and drumming, and show you how to hold and strike your large bass “Segunda” drum. He will show you a basic rhythm (everyone starts with Paranda!), and when you can hold a beat, he will play alongside you on the smaller, faster and higher-pitched Primero drum. He will also sing a traditional Garifuna song while you play. Moving along at a comfortable pace, he will then introduce you to other traditional rhythms, including Punta, Chumba, Hungu-Hungu, Jonkunu and Gunjei.
Drumming lessons start at $25Bz for a one-to-one lesson, with discounts for larger groups.