also known as the '
', was traditionally cut by members of the reveredblacksmith caste who manufactured the various tools, instruments and ceremonial masksneeded for everyday existence in ancient Africa. According to the Bamana people in Mali, thename of the jembe comes directly from the saying "Anke djé, anke bé" which literally translatesas "everyone gather together" and defines the drum's purpose of summing the people. I chosethe name because we are also coming together to support each other and to present our art to theworld.Jembe contains the annual list of accomplishments of the Black Artists of DC (BADC). It is ayearly compilation designed to recognize the successes of our members, furnish membercontact information and act as a guide to possible venues. The future is often cloudy and muchhas been lost in our past. It is important to document the work of Washington DC artists andthat the documentation is readily available for future research. Towards that end, I haveinitiated this volume which is being sent to selected repositories. No one document can containall of our accomplishments but my aim is to give a clear picture of the direction and focus of our 400 plus members and supporters. Washington DC is a cosmopolitan city. This year weextended an invitation to several foreign embassies to participate in the
(DCAC,November 20, 2009-January 10, 2010). Our world is bigger than the street on which we live.Our goal is to create
Daniel T. Brooking BADC Archivist