Billy Knutson leads a drumming circle

Kwanzaa drum circle ‘all about connecting’

A South Surrey business owner is inviting the community to join him in celebrating Kwanzaa.

A South Surrey business owner is inviting the community to join him in celebrating Kwanzaa.

Billy Knutson, owner of Rhythm Wellness, 1869 King George Blvd., is urging people to step outside of their holiday rut to try a different December holiday.

This is the second year the rhythm circle facilitator will be hosting the African-American event. Last year, a dozen people showed up to celebrate the week-long holiday, learn about the seven principles of Kwanzaa and drum in the rhythm circle.

“Everyone can play a drum,” Knutson said. “Sometimes we march to a different drummer, but in the end, it’s all about connecting.”

After the drumming circle, participants can dig in to a potluck meal. Knutson said eating and sharing food is another key aspect of Kwanzaa.

The lifestyle coach and personal trainer also has a passion for West African culture and music, which he said led him to explore Kwanzaa.

Kwanzaa is Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. The cost of the drumming circle is $10 a day or $50 for all seven days. Drumming begins at noon and goes on for 60-75 minutes, followed by the potluck.

 

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