Dave Corbeil of the West African style drumming group The Rippers at Saturdays Everybody RUMBLE at Gyro Park. Mark Brett/Western News

RUMBLE on over in Penticton park

Percussion jam session for all ages at Gyro Park

Moving the sound of a lot of different drummers and adding some beats of her own, three-year-old Alexis Marsh of West Kelowna was just one of a number of people who came to listen and take part in Saturday’s Everybody RUMBLE BC Day celebration at Gyro Park.

“She just loves it,” said Alexis’ mom Jackie, adding the family made the trip just for the experience in the park. “It’s just a whole lot of fun and we just love the atmosphere, it’s really awesome.”

The three-hour percussion jam session was another in a series of scheduled events, this one featuring the West African style drumming group “The Rippers” teaming up with Bobby Bovenzi of Nankama drum & dance.

The group is a West African Drum and Dance troupe under the direction of Okanagan Falls’ Bobby Bovenzi, Master Rhythm instructor who formed the group nearly a dozen years ago.

Nankama, which means born to drum, is dedicated to represent the traditional rhythms in their natural state.

In the more than 300 shows they have done since the troupe was formed, they have raised more than $100,000 for countries in Africa, women in need and the homeless in Canada.

In addition to shows classes are also offered for those wanting to learn and drums are available free of charge.

A typical session begins with a warm up and technique instruction for beginners. Dance lessons are also available specific to the rhythms taught each month.

A five-day Jam Camp is planned for Aug. 12 to 17 at the Mabel Lake Hall.

On Aug. 25 Bovenzi will be with Orange Sol Jam Band from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Thornhaven Winery.

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Alexis Marsh groovin’ to the beat. Mark Brett/Western News

Alexis Marsh on the drums. Mark Brett/Western News

Alexis Marsh, 3, tapping out a rhythm. Mark Brett/Western News

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