Santa Fe College Drummers to perform at Planetarium

Santa Fe College Drummers to perform at Planetarium

Professor Leon "Baba Leon" Larson
Professor Leon “Baba Leon” Larson

On Saturday night, Nov. 21, the Santa Fe College Drummers, under the leadership of Professor Leon Larson (“Baba Leon”), will be guiding us through the language of the drum at Santa Fe College’s Kika Silva Pla Planetarium. Performances will take place at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. that evening.  This unique experience is inspired by the rhythms of West Africa: rhythms from Nigeria, Gambia, Guinea, Ghana, Senegal, Mali, Sierra Leone, and rhythms that were carried to and evolved in Trinidad, Cuba, Haiti, and Brazil.

The Voices:

  • Jun Jun: a two-headed bass drum played with a mallet.
  • Djembe: a goblet shaped drum with a bright sound from a goat skin head. The lead drum.
  • Dun Dun, Songbon Kenkeni family of 2 headed accompanying drums played with sticks
  • Shekeres (rattles), Agogo and Gankogui (double toned bells), Cow bells and Claves round out the sound.

Each drum has its own voice in the musical arrangement and it is this interplay that creates the polyrhythmic groove. The unique acoustics of the Kika Silva Planetarium will make this an experience you will never forget.

“We’re so excited about having Professor Larson’s class perform at the planetarium,” says James C. Albury, Planetarium Coordinator.  “I had the opportunity to sit in one of Professor Larson’s classes this semester and the rhythms are so moving that hearing them within the planetarium dome should be remarkable,” continues Albury.

Due to the expected popularity of this special event, attendees are encouraged the purchase their tickets online in advance.  Santa Fe College affiliates are asked to contact the planetarium directly to reserve their seats.  Admission is $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for children (ages 4-12), senior citizens (ages 60 and above) and UF affiliates (with a Gator-1 ID).  Santa Fe College affiliates receive free admission.

For more information, contact Kika Silva Pla Planetarium coordinator James C. Albury ( (352-395-5381)

(Seating 52 people, Performance Length: 35-40 minutes)