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A SALUTE TO THE LATE PAPA

HEART also salutes Emile Latimer who passed away in October 2013. A revered musician and member of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, Latimer specialized in African hand drumming. He was a mainstay of the Buffalo music scene for decades, but he was equally known for mentoring countless other musicians in the area.

Latimer acted as a mentor to musicians of various ages, ethnicities, backgrounds, cultures and musical styles. That is why to friends, family and musicians who felt inspired by him, Latimer was known simply as "Papa."

We thank Daryl Rasuli Floyd for this special tribute: 

Emile the Master Drummer

Since the beginning of time,

The heartbeat,

The spirit of goodness,

Came through the drummer.

A channel in which God speaks

Without interpretation, without words, with feeling and truth

A master drummer, rare, bringing the wisdom of past to the present,

Calling our ancestors on our behalf,

Speak to us,

Attach us to that river of humanity.

The Master Drummer travels

Up and down the river of life,

Picking the necessary wisdom

To carry us fearless to the future.

photo: Cheryl Gorski

 

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