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See Yourself There: Camp Merveilles Boulder, CO Aug 3-7,2011


[vsw id="O7MOfQM6tVM" source="youtube" width="425" height="344" autoplay="no"]There is still time to get to the Camp Merveilles Drum Camp hosted by Fara Tolno & Kissidugu School of Music. Check http://dragonheadmusic.com/?s=Camp+Merveilles&search=Search for more info!

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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Fatu & Stephan Lockin’ Djembe Chops

Stephan Cole Griffin, the driving force behind the Colorado Black Arts Festival & Fatu Lady Drummer, the Head of the Dragon lock chops on Mandiani at the Black Arts Fest! Look for more from Ujamaa Dancers & Drummers in the near future!

Ujamaa Dancers Perform at Colorado Black Arts Festival

The Ujamaa African Dancers and Drummers gave a smashing performance at the Colorado Black Arts Festival on July 19. The performance featured Fatu Lady Drummer as Musical Director, Cleopatra Jones as choreographer and local legends: Choreogapher Carmen Toure Lorenzo steppin out on the Douns, Stephan Cole Griffin, Senaku Reddick, Reuben Lorenzo, and Hip-Hop Master Deandre Carroll. The show opened with a tribute to Baba Adetunji Joda for twenty five years of teaching Yoruba dance and drum to the Denver Community. The group then proceeded to perform Kaki Lambe/Sonsornet, Mandiani with solos and a few improvisations. An excellent ending to a fun filled family packed weekend.
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Feel the Axe Choreographs to Fatu’s Music

About a couple of weeks ago, I decided that I wanted to teach a Youth Tribe Choreography/Performance class. I knew I was onto something, because my Youth Tribe Training class has some really inspirational dancers in it, and I really wanted the chance to work with them and other, more serious dancers on a deeper level. The Youth Tribe is like a mini-Sol Vida Dance Ensemble as evidenced by Fridays class at 5:30. So far, we only have two students, but these two managed to work in a delightfully, incredible way. We began with a Reggae music warm up, and proceeded to explore the world of Contact Improvisation, we worked with the concept of creating choreography without music–accapella style. Wow! After creating the choreography, I had the girls try it to three different styles of music–dubstep, electronica dance, and African drumming. Ironically enough, the piece which has the ability to go with almost anything, really came out when they did it with Fatu, Lady Drummer‘s African drumming, it was the essence of Fusion dance, as I love it. They played with speed, and worked on creating their own changes to make the choreography fluid–and they did an amazing job, and left class saying “that was so awesome,” making me believe that I may have landed upon one of my dream youth classes of all time.

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