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The year was 1993. I arrived in a small Central Michigan Town after driving two days in the rain. I had caught a cold and was feeling quite sick. After a long wait in line, I made it through the check-in process at the Michigan’s Women’s Music Festival. This was my first Mich Fest experience. A kindly soul hauled my gear and helped me set up my tent. Fever and sniffles aside, I feel into a deep and seemingly dreamless sleep. My mission to go to Michigan for the festival was clear. There were black women drumming there and I wanted to meet them.
Well, many have called and asked why such a heavy article as Magic & Ritual Abuse: Female Circumcision in Central and West Africa and how does this relate to women drummers? The answer must be given in social and cultural context. We wrote earlier on the history of djebe drumming in America, and that the djembe came to popularity in the early to mid 70’s. Many Africans began teaching traditional drumming in the United States and later established drum camps in Africa frequented by many American and European students.
Women in Africa have their own drums. There is not a lot of information available on all the various drums for women, so we are excited abut this clip. Here the women of the Baga People of Guinea sing and dance with the Matimbo; a drum akin to the dounnouns. I don’t know. Look like they kickin’ up some egun to me!
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