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Every Sunday since 1997, Afrobeat musician Najite Agindotan has summoned his drummer friends — and anyone else who wants to show up and make some noise — to the Leimert Park Drum Circle for collective grooving. Founded in remembrance of Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, the drum circle (or “drum church,” as some call it) has evolved into an L.A. tradition all its own, appropriately located in the city's historic hub for African-American arts and culture. Running from from 2 p.m. to sunset, it features professionals and amateurs alike jamming on instruments ranging from djembes and maracas to cowbells. Onlookers beat imaginary congas in the air, kids bounce their basketballs to the beat, and others dance joyously at the circle's center. The atmosphere is especially festive during the Leimert Park Art Walk on the last Sunday of every month, when vendors sell wares and crafts on the grass. —Daina Beth Solomon

Leimert Plaza Park, 4395 S. Leimert Blvd., Leimert Park, 90008. (323) 472-0607.

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