Dominic Garcia's Apprenticeship Blog


Batá Drums

Greetings. I am humbled and honored to be posting my first blog as an apprentice with master drummer, Harold Muñiz! I first heard the Bata at an outside performance with the Afro-Cuban Drum and Dance group, Ebo-Okokán (Offerings from the heart). I was immediatelty in love with the polyrhythmic sounds coming from the drum and the melodies created between them. I soon thereafter began my lifelong quest to find out more about these drums and how they are played. it wasn't too long after I found myself as a member of Ebo. Although, I wasn't actually playing Batá as all the chairs were full, but I was there and learned to pick out the different drums and their parts. My journey had taken hold and I wasn't turning back. I am looking forward to posting and sharing my experience. I give thanks to Harold and ACTA for making this possible. Aché.

About this Blog

Afro-Cuban batá drummer Dominic Garcia, of Sacramento, California, was an apprentice in ACTA's Apprenticeship Program in 2011 with master artist Harold Muñiz.

This blog followed the course of Dominic's apprenticeship with Harold, as they worked to refine Dominic's mastery of his "chair," or the specific drum he plays within the batá ensemble.

One of Dominic's co-apprentices, Beatriz Muñiz, also blogged about her apprenticeship.

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