Kumina

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Explained by Moshi Soloman

Drumming and dancing, honor to the ancestors, these things endure from African roots to this day. We read that Kumina is most prominent in St. Thomas Parish so we asked Moshi about it.

This practice is seen most often at funerals. The night before the burial is a big party. A drummer might be hired. If the person was very rich, maybe also will be a duppie band. A big pot of soup feeds the people and maybe there is a case of white rum and a case of Appleton.

Rum is spit in four directions. May you catch a chicken and bite its head off and drink the blood.

White and black Kumina is where the drum is covered with a white sheet and the drum will play itself. It is very powerful.