Drum Circle with Abasi Hanif

Abasi Hanif of Livin' the Rhythm

Monday evenings, join Abasi Hanif of Livin’ the Rhythm, pick up a drum or bring your own acoustic instrument, and join a drum circle. Hanif introduces African drumming to all ages, teaches rhythms and their accompanying parts, and gives participants a chance to freestyle over a steady rhythm. 

This FREE program takes place on the Museum’s North Lawn at Jefferson Road and South Olive Avenue. On rainy evenings, find us under the Museum’s roof off South Dixie Highway.

About the Artist

Abasi “Manblack” Hanif is a teaching artist, spoken word poet, West African drummer, event host and community organizer. He is the son of news writer, editor and teacher C. B. Hanif and fiber artist and teacher Kianga Jinaki. Mr. Hanif has owned and managed Livin’ The Rhythm for twelve years, hosting community drum circles throughout South Florida. He is a music accompanist for Palm Beach Atlantic University and the African Drum Director for Sounds of Success Community Band and Drums Over Guns Youth Program. He is one of the four founding members of Men of Blackness (Conscious HipHop) and a Black Cultural Event Planner with RBG of South Florida. The writer and actor has performed in Broadway Productions, including Sundiata, Pleasant City: Thee ChoreoPoem, Waking Kya and Chocolate Nutcracker, and has been nominated for numerous awards, including the 2014 Clyde Fyfe and the 2015 African American Achievers Award.

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Abasi Hanif of Livin' the Rhythm

Summer at the Norton was made possible by the generosity of the Henry L. Kimelman Family Foundation. Free Saturday admission for Palm Beach County residents during Summer at the Norton was made possible by the generosity of the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation.