On Saturday, July 9 at 2 p.m., Coastal Children’s Museum will host a special presentation by local West African drum and dance group Djump! in the Sail Power and Steam Museum, located above the children’s museum at 75 Mechanic St./Sharp’s Point South. Admission will be $2, free for CCM members.

Children and their families will be introduced to exciting rhythms and dance styles. The children will learn a dance and get a chance to experiment with a rhythm on the drums the group uses. The djembe, for example, is made out of one piece of wood and is shaped like a bowl resting on a pedestal; a goat skin is used for the head and the drum is played with the hands. The dun-dun is a straight cylinder with a cow skin over each end.

Djump! (pronounced “jump”) performs traditional West African rhythms and dances that invigorate and entertain and also offer a rich cultural experience. The group has been performing since 2006 at venues such as the Strand Theatre in Rockland, the Blue Goose in Northport and at the WERU Full Circle Summer Fair in Blue Hill. Dancers in the group are Denyse Robinson, Shana Bloomstein, Hanna Dehoff, Patricia Lepak, Nicole Recht, Katie Tranzillo, Kathryn Oliver, Susan Wind and Lisa Mead. Drummers are Jeff Wolovitz, Dan Kirchoff, Dee Peppe, Niomi West, Norma Athearn, Susan Levett and Wendy Krueger.

Space is limited, so reserving a spot will avoid disappointment. To reserve, contact CCM at 308-1105 or info@coastalchildrensmuseum.org; or stop by during office hours. The museum’s website is coastalchildrensmuseum.org.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.