Since the age of six, Obayana Ajanaku has been studying the Djembe orchestra, a series of rope-tuned, skin-covered goblet drums played with bare hands, originally from West Africa. He continues to research the Djembe and other traditional disciplines of African percussion worldwide. Mr. Ajanaku is currently the West African drum instructor at Austin-East Magnet High and Vine Middle Magnet Schools, in Knoxville, Tennessee. He works with youth on how to use their drums as a method to address emotional and mental issues that they may be experiencing. This Sunday we will speak about his calling is to use his drumming, teaching, and performing skills to bring together people of all cultures, races, and genders
(You can watch our worship service streamed at 11 am on our Facebook page https://tinyurl.com/yfx9pnx6, or our website https://tvuuc.org/ and also on our YouTube channel https://tinyurl.com/ycksxc98.)
Per the CDC, Knox County’s risk level has returned to LOW. No COVID-related restrictions are in place, though masks and vaccination are encouraged. The Lizzie Crozier-French room is designated for remote viewing with masks required for all over the age of two. Room A will also be available for families with children, with masks required for all over the age of two. You may also watch our services online. The full Covid policy can be viewed online here.