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ASK NOT FOR WHOM THE DRUM BEATS;IT BEATS FOR THEE







Harlem drums
are talking,
but the news

ain’t good!!

The Saturday ritual of drumming in Marcus Garvey Park goes back decades and has attracted many local residents and visitors from a far. However, now that residents of the recently completed 2002 Fifth Avenue have moved in, they want the park drummers to move out.

Stand back, they’re use to getting their way. Besides consuming a vacant lot, the condo complex also demolished a historic brownstone, the former 2002 Fifth Avenue (identical to its remaining neighbors) to make way for what is their architecturally undistiguished building. Now it’s on to removing any pre-existing culture and its accompanying audience if it so displeases them.

The famed Nigerian drummer
Olatunji (1927-2003)
performed several times in
Marcus Garvey Park

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