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Chinese Dream, My Dream: Nigerian drummer marches to the beat to popularize djembe in China

Kingsley Onyemauche Ike marches to the beat of his own drum. Literally.

The Nigerian came to China in 2008 to study medicine, fell in love with a Chinese classmate, got married and decided to stay on.

He also decided to add a second string to his career – playing the djembe. The West African drum, shaped like a goblet with animal hide covering the top, is becoming a frequent sight in China.

Ike’s band plays the djembe all across China. His dream is to open a djembe club so that people can learn and appreciate African music and performance. #ChineseDream #MyDream

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