Tuesday, 9 October 2018

One More Year at the Venice Beach Drum Circle in Photos & Videos (2017-’18)

Life is very much like a drum circle; those who drum, those who dance to the beat of the drum, and the audience who watches them both.

In early 2015 I published A Year at the Venice Beach Drum Circle in Photos & Videos. In early 2017 it was followed by Another Year at the Venice Beach Drum Circle in Photos & Videos. This is the threequel containing, for now, photos from mid 2017 to mid 2018.

The videos will follow soon as they are too many this time. The conclusion then was to edit them to make one big YouTube video covering the entire year, rather than having 10-12 shorter clips. It will take more time and effort, but it sure is worth it. I tried capturing every single member of the tribe; if not in the photos, then certainly in the videos.

So stay tuned and remember to re-check this piece shortly as well as my YouTube Channel. Also make sure to watch this marvellous documentary some of us have worked on, which was produced by Alex Mannone and Steve Engel: The History of the Venice Beach Drum Circle.

Now enjoy this year’s Magick!

Good to be back to the Playground 17 June 2017

When two school buddies, Ahmed and Ahmed, came visiting me in me element
— 2 July 2017
As on all official holidays the Tribe gathering on July 4th
This is how much larger The Circle gets on Sundays — 9 July 2017
Edward, Sharon, and Barbara mid circle while Tim and Andy can be seen in the
— 22 July 2017
With Heather who currently lives in Kansas yet comes visiting us every now and then
— 22 July 2017
David getting it on while Atusa dances behind him and Brian claps — 23 July 2017
Barbara kissing the sky, Edward Tillmon with his guitar, and Sonia in pink — 29 July 2017
Shoot The Shooter: The one and only fun soul and photographer David Healey doing
what he does best as we were surrounded by beautiful women
— 30 July 2017
 The sweet August sun — 5 August 2017
Colourful Steve Engel grooving 6 August 2017

The white chair ended up breaking on day as I was drumming at Full Lunacy — 12 August

The day I hugged a dancer who then began to weep. This unicorn
cum is the result
by Oliver Rossberg — 12 August 2017

Bryan, Kat and Leah — 13 August 2017
Sweet Pooja all the way from India (I think it was her Birthday) dancing with Diane — 19 August 2017
Shot by Pooja — 20 August 2017
Dylan with Sonia  — 20 August 2017
Our congueros Pino (left) and Ricardo — 20 August 2017
David Healey just being himself — 27 August 2017
Barabara is the Smiley Mermaid — 2 Sept 2017
More Barby with open arms to the sky, Paul on the left and Scott on the right 2 Sept 2017
A flower I earned from a dancer 2 Sept 2017
The girls were visiting from England — 3 September 2017
Sunsational — 9 September 2017
With 91-year-old brother Lonny Jones who insisted on taking more photos together
using his phone — 16 September 2017
Lonny Jones in action, Ladies and Gentlemen, with Duane (R) and Mike (back). You
can check
A Random Call That Hit Me In The Feels about that time he called me
— 16 September 2017
Photo captured by Steve Engel since my shades, shirt, and vaporiser all match
— 16 September 2017
Fear and Loathing in Venice Beach with Steve and Edahn looking like that
"This is Spartaaaaa" actor from the movie 300
— 16 September 2017
Steve welcoming Lery — and her water mug — and her mom to the Circle
— 16 September 2017
The white chair still alive — 16 September 2017
Breaks are needed — 23 September 2017
The sanity corner: Joseph (L), Andy, and Linda — 30 September 2017
One of the landmarks of the VBDC and his peculiar way of dancing — 15 October 2017
Pino pinoing like an Italian king — 15 October 2017
Sara from Canada in the middle, a 5-year old girl, and Lefty (conveniently on the left)
all doing their Thang
15 October 2017
Dancing Queen Soniella 15 October 2017
David sitting down while Bryan Conga on 15 October 2017
With Diane whos illuminating Steve on his Birthday as Amanda (left) smiles on
15 October 2017
More Soniella — 15 October 2017
It is no wonder that Heaven is usually depicted as somewhere full of
beautiful women. Veronica and Eileen
19 October 2017
Lonny Jones playing on me djembe with Dan on the right on darbuka (tabla) and David
on the right
21 October 2017
Mid-wintering in Venice 9 December 2017
With Steve who just taking a fresh dip in the ocean and Mike 9 December 2017
David Healey posing after being back from New York 16 December 2017
Stunning view 23 December 2017
More mid-wintering with the new year 13 January 2018
Turning your head to witness such a scenery makes you feel grateful to be alive
13 January 2018
Early Saturday 27 January 2018
Welcoming sparkly Eva Marie and shiny Rupali into the Circle 3 February 2018
The day the sun winked 4 February 2018
Go Gargantuan or Go Home 11 February 2018
The sweet kiddo playing on me djembe as her dad films 11 February 2018
Steve with his electric heart and Bazlur 24 February 2018
With Alex and Steve 25 February 2018
 Sweet Kymberlee is one of our few female drummers who slowly but surely
became a regular
17 March 2018

Beauties of all shapes and colours: Diane (L), Julia, and Danielle Harris(R) 14 April 2018
I promise that 20 years from now Ill recreate this photo by hunting everyone down,
starting with the hugging couple on the right who are the inspiration behind the idea
as they reminded me of the Woodstock couple who are still together
14 April 2018

United Colours of Beauties: Juila, Diane, Danielle and one happy Djembefola Dude
14 April 2018
 Pino and Paul are two of the few voices of reason around 15 April 2018
Mesmerising Danielle flow arting while Steve in the background preparing to
take off on a Magick Carpet Ride
15 April 2018
Devine whom I haven’t seen for 4 years and who came to the Circle after checking
my photos with the stunning ladies.
“I wanted to see for myself” 15 April 2018

Shoot The Shooter & The Dancer. The renowned photographer Jerry Slade along his
distinctive telephoto lens exchanging a warm smile with our hypnotising flow artist Danielle
as he captures her on cam
— 15 April 2018
Witch Doctor 21 April 2018
Zen” by @valzzz_ani who came visiting along his son.
Zen simply means a state of meditative absorption. Whether meditating, drumming,
painting, walking or doing the dishes, it matters not what activity takes one up there.
21 April 2018
*No Words. Shhhh* 21 April 2018
Joseph and Manny (R) 28 April 2018
Cops paying us a visit in their gold carts after MIA for a while and after their vehicles
were taken away from them due to running over a woman
28 April 2018
Goofing with David Healey 5 May 2018
Devine starting to feel at home 5 May 2018
Fran, Bazlur, and Steve 5 May 2018
Danielle bedazzling us with her electrifying flow 5 May 2018
More Flow Magic 5 May 2018
Apparently “The Big O” originates from Omar. More Danielle mastering her flow
5 May 2018
It was Danielle who adorably gifted me this flower lei at one of the Full Lunacy Drum Circles
5 May 2018
And all of a sudden Diane told me took up and a rainbow was just there mid sky
6 May 2018
Princess Leah gracefully dancing to the beat of the universe, leaving one gobsmacked
6 May 2018
Angels are all around us. Monique welcoming the newcomers: Alisha (L), Alexa, 
and Meghan (R) 6 May 2018

The regular shiny happy faces: Joseph, Sonia, Stevo, and Carlos welcoming the
new shiny happy faces
6 May 2018
Old Schooling with Tim who sometimes brings his guitar instead of the djembe and
right behind is Kenneth on the drum along his famous flag
6 May 2018
Being behind the drum or lens doesn’t mean one can’t get to enjoy the beauty from the
other side. Thank you Venice Beach for giving me the chance to feel like a Rock God. With
the hot, dazzling girls: Alisha, Alexa, Monique, and Meghan
6 May 2018
As I snapped a few shots of the kiddo I couldn’t help wondering what was he thinking
then and there
6 May 2018
After making him silly faces for a few the dad caught me here 6 May 2018
One Love Diane 6 May 2018
With Chief Andy 6 May 2018
Flashback from a few years back with Dan and Luis  a photo from 2015 I came
across online
More sexy girls pausing for the camera 6 May 2018
More smiling kiddo 6 May 2018
Eva Marie doing the ritual dance in the sun 12 May 2018
Reuniting with her after being gone for a while 12 May 2018
Joseph and Sharon grooving — 26 May 2018
Eye-catching visitors 26 May 2018

 Kymberlee and Eddy while Miguel and sweet Isa chillax on the sand
28 May 2018
More Lonny in action with the notable photographer Andrew Goetze behind
2 June 2018
Lonny came to the Circle to see me as I was leaving days later. What a honour
2 June 2018
Shoot The Shooter I: Sonia dancing as Pino and Lonny drum on and Andrew Goetze
2 June 2018
 Shoot The Shooter II: The same moment of dancing Sonia seen in the above photo captured
from the opposite direction by
Andrew Goetze, myself in the hat and flower lei included 2 June 2018 

Nick in The Zone, while shown behind (from L to R) are: Alex, P. J, and Carlos further
back. Nick’s tattoo reads: “Vinum Et Musica Laetificant Cor”, which is Latin for “Wine
and music fertilise/enrich the heart/mind/soul/spirit.”
This wine-connoisseur djembefola couldn’t agree more; for “In Vino Veritas”. Even
Plato seemed to have shared similar sentiments when he said: “There is truth in wine and
Back to the day of the unicorn cum by Oliver Rossberg — 12 August 2017
We all have an inner beat, such as that of the heart and that of the breath. But only some
learn how to express it outwards through music. Another cool capture by @valzzz_ani

21 April 2018
Steve, the purple gangster and Venice Beach Godfather, showing one of
his creation: The Mechanical Heart
2 June 2018
Flashback to 4 years ago in March 2014 when I bumped into the Venice Beach Drum Circle by mere chance and absolutely knew no one there. Before buying my first djembe some months later I was taking pictures and one of the first was of Steve here. I posted it on Facebook captioned: I Love you, Purple Man”. Little did I know that one day we’ll be become buddies and the whole place will be my found Querencia. 
Long Live Lonny Jones who is 92 years young today yet still join us either in Venice
Beach or at Full Lunacy. What an inspiration whom I am proud to call a Brotherman

— 16 September 2017

Stay tuned for the video.


A Year at the Venice Beach Drum Circle in Photos & Videos (2014-’15)

Another Year at the Venice Beach Drum Circle in Photos & Videos (2016-’17) 

A Wacky Day Out at LA Burning Man Decompression in Photos & Video

How Drumming Changed The Way My Brain Processes Music

The Intertwining of Music and Sexuality ― A Djembefola’s Tale

Drum Circle Etiquette — The Do’s and Don’ts

A Random Call That Hit Me In The Feels

Tripping Through Venice Beach Art 

More Tripping Through Venice Beach Art

Attempting to Bridge the Gap Between ‘Us’ and ‘Them’: Officer Roberts 

Attempting to Bridge the Gap Between ‘Us’ and ‘Them’: Sergeant Pepper

Attempting to Bridge the Gap Between ‘Us’ and ‘Them’: The Coke Prank

Attempting to Bridge the Gap Between ‘Us’ and ‘Them’: Evolution

Countering Gentrification — Eating Cheap and Healthy in Venice Beach [With a List of Places and Their Menus]

World Art Through My Lens

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  1. Ras.k. here..you never came my side in none of your films shots captions
    .of me and you..always alot of you.and crew you kick it around.
    Why is that?).
    if your representing the Whole circle.your missing alot of who also makes VBDC what it? was? became?.started? it in the first place.
    I hope you one day upgrade your footage.
    Learn the history;.not just people you like there..girls your always around when more come then choosen few in videos and photos you post...same faces.and yiur mostly
    .we get it..you like em.but prop up and give those you missed credit.footage .stills.im no longer involved and could of put you up on history yet You never asked me once..oh yeah you smile my way..but not once interacted with me..or tjose who made it so all could join in.

    Its a circle (O) ..not a (U)..(C).why do you protray it as so?
    And i watch alot of your tapes and blogs..never have i seen me being the decades..it always amaze me how people that do come for tbeir beginning years there.do film and photos.
    But lack the history of it actuall

    1. I don't know who you are, or any of the names you mentioned in your other comments. I've been around for 5 years and the photos and videos are from that time. The last 3 years it's mainly Saturdays as this is when I enjoy playing. Sundays are usually too loud and chaotic for me. The "history" is covered in the documentary some of us worked on. These photo-video-articles remain from my own perspective, since I am the one behind the lens. During this time many of those pictured in the photos and videos are people I got to meet and they became my friends. If I missed one or three then that is that. I don't work for the local newspaper or get paid for my efforts, so I'm not required to follow every single person who happens to be at the circle. If you do know me and want to be in the photos or videos, then come talk to me. Simple. Again, while I know most people there, I still don't know who you are since your profile name is "Unknown" and has no picture.