Patagun! is a hand percussion and vocal ensemble which performs a variety of rhythmic and vocal music. The instruments we play are mostly African and Middle Eastern style hand drums and percussion instruments. Our repertoire includes traditional African rhythms and songs, chants and songs from various cultural and spiritual traditions, and original compositions.
The name "Patagun" comes from the syllables Babatunde Olatunji used to teach African drumming: "Pa" and "Ta" being the high pitched slaps played on the djembe, and "Gun" which represents the low bass sound.
Through rhythm and song we strive to bring an experience of unity and joy to the audience, and spread the Universal messages of love, peace, and harmony. We feel that the differences between various cultures of the world ought to be viewed as a collective strength, with each having something valuable to contribute to the whole, and that we should not only tolerate and respect those differences, but celebrate the richness our diversity brings to the world.