Asher Mains (firstname.lastname@example.org) is from Grenada, where he is a member of the Anse Berean Bible Church. He wrote the article from Ghana, where he spent the fall semester on a study abroad program. He is the founder and leader of Sankofa, an African drumming group at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Q. Because drum kits (as in the rock tradition) are so often seen and used in worship, many people assume that they are the only way to include drumming and percussion in worship. But aren’t hand percussion instruments as used in the African tradition—djembe, other smaller hand drums, and even tambourines—more useful?