While many teenagers play the trumpet in band, few can say they know how to play native African drums like M’lik Mims.
As a member of an after-school African Drum Club, M’lik played the dundun and djembe from fifth to eighth grade. He also had the opportunity to perform with the club at a Yale University commencement ceremony. “I liked the drum club because if I was angry one day, I could just go play my music and my anger would disappear,” M’lik said. “It was like magic.”
M’lik, 15, lives in New Haven. He will enter tenth grade at Amistad High School this fall.