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Drumming Up a Protest in a Harlem Park

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Drumming Up a Protest in a Harlem Park

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Drummers play on a recent Saturday in Marcus Garvey Park. Margot Adler, NPR hide caption

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Drummers play on a recent Saturday in Marcus Garvey Park.

Margot Adler, NPR

If you happen to be in Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem on a Saturday late afternoon or evening during the summer, you can drop in on the neighborhood's African drumming circle.

Longtime residents and African drumming enthusiasts have held an informal, hours-long, drum circle there for more than 30 years.

But new residents of the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood are not as keen on the pulsating rhythmic sessions that sometimes last more than four hours— and are complaining, loudly.