Sunday, September 2, 2007

Quote of the day

Heard this morning on the radio.

You can't stop it, people who have been here a long time have to understand that it is changing. We live in the United States of America under a capitalistic system. That means that if you have the money and you want to do something with the money, then you are allowed to do it. That is the bottom line.

Spoken by a resident of a brownstone in a gentrified street in Harlem about the African drumming circle held in Marcus Garvey Park. Apparently some drummers are using their drums to voice their protest to the loss of their neighborhood, which has energized the tradition.

If you happen to be in Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem on a Saturday late afternoon or evening during the summer, you can drop in on the neighborhood's African drumming circle.

Longtime residents and African drumming enthusiasts have held an informal, hours-long, drum circle there for more than 30 years.

But new residents of the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood are not as keen on the pulsating rhythmic sessions that sometimes last more than four hours— and are complaining, loudly. (NPR)

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