Drumfolk will be taking its final bow this November at the Charleston Gaillard Center in Charleston, SC. The performance, co-presented by the International African American Museum, will take place only 20 miles from where the rebellion began 284 years ago.
In 1739, Africans enslaved in South Carolina used their drums to start a revolt—a little-known event that forever transformed African American life and culture. When the Stono Rebellion cost Africans the right to use their drums, the beats found their way into the body of the people—the Drumfolk. This led to some of our country’s most distinctive traditions like tap, the ring shout, and stepping. Journey with Step Afrika! as they share histories too often left in the margins with this movement-filled celebration of the human spirit.