Brave Music of a Distant Drum

Brave Music of a Distant Drum

By Manu Herbstein

Red Deer Press, Paperback, 9780889954700, 175pp.

Publication Date: October 2011


In "Brave Music of a Distant Drum," a blind old slave woman, Ama, summons her son to come and write down her story so that her granddaughter and her granddaughter's children can one day read it and know their history.

Ama's son, Kwame Zumbi - named Zacharias Williams by the white Christians who raised him - considers her an ugly old pagan and has little interest in doing more than is necessary to fulfill his obligation to her. How he is changed by the acts of hearing and writing down the details of his mother's story is as powerful and important a story as Ama's.

The story of an African enslaved in Brazil, Ama's story is violent - it includes murder, rape, and betrayal - and yet it is also a story of courage, hope, determination, and love.

About the Author
Herbstein was born and raised in South Africa. He lived and worked in England, Nigeria, India, Zambia and Scotland. He is a Civil and Structural Engineer. He is a Fellow of the British Institution of Structural Engineers and a Fellow and one-time Council Member of the Ghana Institution of Engineers. He and his wife own and manage a furniture factory and housing estate development company in Accra, Ghana.