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Doundounba: Dance of the Strong Men & Women

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I am partial to community dance and love seeing men dance in community with their brethren and families.  Doundounba is one such community dance.  Historically, the dance was only performed by men. One way the dance was used was as a way to prepare for war.  The men would dance and strike each other with iron rods.  The striking was to raise the chi in much the way Native Americans strike themselves with sage or the orientals strike themselves with bamboo rods.  Another way the dance was used was as a way to solve disputes.  According to one master drummer, once a year a doundounba festival was held.  All men, with unresolved disputes would enter the arena and dance doundounba, striking each other with iron rods.  Last man standing won the dispute.

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Equinox

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Nothing symbolizes spring like drumming and dancing around a blazing fire at night! A special video re: Mammady Keita. Awake form sleep and dream! Enjoy the passion!  spring is finally here!

Djembe Drummers as Ambassadors of Peace

African Musicians are truly ambassadors of peace. I am seeing more and more videos where Master Djembe drummers have gone into other cultures carrying the message of the drum. This is true of the Americas, Canada and Europe who have felt the growing influence of these musicians over the last fifty years. Now I am seeing more videos coming from Asian countries. Here is a video of Aly Traore playing with a group of Japanese drummers. These guys are having so much fun; you just want to jump in and start dancing! Enjoy!
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Baba Adetunji Joda: Twenty-Five Years of Sharing

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Ipese Drum

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The Women of Ingoma Nshya

I love women drumming!  Individual wombs joining in one collective voice, translating and transcribing the subtle voice of spirit and manifesting emotional and physical healing! 
   
As our ancestors say, “Every step is a prayer.”  On this video you can hear what you normally only intuit.  Listen to the counter rhythms created bythe shuffling of the sandals on the tarmac and the rustle of their gowns as they move.  Even in the “spaces” there is music!  
Enjoy!
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