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Sounds of West Africa reach local students

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LEWISBURG, W. Va (WVVA)-- Music is bringing the message of progress and diversity to a local college.

The New River Community and Technical College in Greenbrier County welcomed some drummers Thursday.

Fifteen young ladies from the Greenbrier Academy for Girls drumming performance team, played several rhythms from West Africa.

Their show was part of Dr. Martin Luther King  Jr. Week, and educators say the group honors king's ideas about equality while embracing other cultures.

Laura Bondurant, the academy's drumming coordinator, said "This in some way is part of that coming full circle-- here we have a group, a multicultural group, of young women who are playing african rhythms. This is a culture that was displaced and this is dr. King's dream, that we come together. And i think this kind of exemplifies that."

Drummers told WVVA that playing the instruments is therapeutic, but it also helps them all bond as friends.

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