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Songs for Yemaya are some of the sweetest and melodic in the pantheon of Orisha music. Enjoy this wonderful selection![vsw id="Q1Abm9K8Htk&hl=en " source="youtube" width="416" height="344" autoplay="no"]

Grandmothers of the Drum: Edwina Lee Tyler Part 2

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Grandmother's of the Drum

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I know that that there is a level of drumming to which master drummers aspire.  That deep inner level of drumming that can heal or kill with a touch.  Few will talk about it.  One of mine slipped once and spoke of the energy that travels through the head into the bowels and opens the third eye so one can see the lines that run the body.   The Spirit of Music mounts the Horse, takes over the hands and drums one’s body.  Broken meridians are rebuilt, tone by tone, slap by slap.  Healing occurs.  They covet the knowledge that heals.  They covet What Edwina Tyler does naturally; by default.  “Drumming in Jesus”, she calls it; that tapping of the womb’s secrets that allows the medicine to pass and manifest. 

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Grandmother of the Drum: Edwina Lee Tyler

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Grandmother's of the Drum

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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.

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Story Tellin’ Time!

 Funeral Services are being held today for Denver’s legendary story teller, Opalonga Pugh at 11:00 at Zion Baptist Church, 933 East 24th Street, Denver, CO 80205.   We gather to bless her family and friends in this time of loss.  We  honor all that was, all that she is and becoming.   A new ancestor rises  to teach us. With loving hearts we bless the rest of the story! Peace-Dragon Head Music.

Sonsonet: A Dance for Female Circumcision

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Female Circumcision

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A contemporary choreography  of Sonsornet presented for the song.  More traditional arrangement below.

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