“Three years ago I joined the drumming band Katumba. I had zero musical experience, was not overly confident in myself or my ability, struggled to talk to people I didn’t know and had the growing knowledge that I was starting to get just a little bit fat…
Many (MANY!) rehearsals, practices and years later, I’m now a much more confident woman with a great group of close friends I’ve made within the band. I happily tap out rhythms whenever I’m holding a pencil, a lipstick tube, a set of chopsticks, heck, even when I’m eating my dinner with a knife and fork! I now sashay my way to the middle of the dance floor covered in multi coloured, eco-friendly glitter!
One of the things I love about Katumba is the good natured, friendly attitude everyone has towards each other and the charitable nature of the group as a whole.
Whenever anyone is down, there’s always ten shoulders of support to help raise you back up again. If someone is struggling with the rhythm or dance moves, people are happy to stop their own training and help show you how it’s done and make it easier for you. People do this in the group because they want to, not because they have to. It’s an amazing attitude that makes everybody feel at home. This mentality is what I think makes Katumba the strong group it is today, but we can’t always do it on our own…
For six years I’ve also been part of walking group Fillyaboots. We’re a friendly bunch who climb mountains, walk across valleys and scale cliffsides and forests together. It’s a great way of staying fit and experiencing the stunning landscapes we have at our doorstep. It’s such an amazing sense of achievement to climb a mountain and look out at all the countryside around you… With Fillyaboots I have climbed the tallest peak in each country of the UK, and I also met my best friend and fiance!
To help raise funds for the van, I have combined my two hobbies by using Fillyaboots as support for a charity walk up Snowdon to raise some cash to help Katumba in our hour of need!
Katumba’s transport van cannot be fixed. It’s this van that carries the huge swathe of drums we use to each weekly rehearsal in Childwall, Toxteth, and each gig and workshop across the UK. Band members have just returned from shows in Belfast and Glasgow, as well as shows and workshops in Newcastle, Birmingham, London and many places inbetween. We do so much for the community with our drumming with shows to support things like Slavery Remembrance Day, Black Lives Matter and saving Liverpool Women’s Hospital.
A lot of our band members don’t drive so would really struggle to get their drum to and from each rehearsal and gig if we didn’t have our van to help manoeuvre in excess of fifty drums to each rehearsal and gig.
Without this van, our drumming group would really struggle to function. That’s why we need everyone’s help to come and support us so that in the future we can support ourselves.
If you can gather sponsorships for those of us that will be climbing, that will help a lot. If you think you can climb with us, even better! Katumba has done so much for the community over the years and also for me as a person, I now want to do my bit to give something back and I encourage you to do the same.”