Music on Screen: River City Drumbeat at Real Art Ways

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Music on Screen: River City Drumbeat

“The film listens for this community’s heartbeat, finding its steady pulse just as expected: healthy and strong.” – New York Times

“Stirring, bittersweet, and reflective.” – Boston Globe

100% on Rotten Tomatoes


River City Drumbeat is a powerful and uplifting story of music, love, and legacies set in the American South. Edward “Nardie” White devoted his life to leading the African-American drum corps he co-founded with Zambia Nkrumah in Louisville, Kentucky three decades ago. Together they inspired youth from their West Louisville neighborhood to thrive by connecting them with the art and cultural traditions of their African ancestors.

River City Drumbeat follows this creative community of mentors, parents, and youth making their way in a world where systemic forces raise obstacles to fulfilling their dreams.

Featuring a performance from Hartford Proud’s Drill Drum and Dance Corp.
Sponsored by Suzanne Hopgood in honor of Frank Lord