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The Drum is a Woman!

Odu means womb and Odu refers to any opening between Heaven and Earth or the visible and the invisible realms of existence. Odu Osa Meji

This is the essence of the matter:  The creative power of women rests in the womb; her ability to open the door for the souls of the ancestors to move from the non-physical into physical existence.  In this manner women have the Power to “uphold the world.” Death is mitigated by the  guarantee of physical  rebirth.   The physical cycle of life becomes as fluid; eternal. 

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Born to Drum Drum Camp for Women

You’re in luck! Today we begin a three  week series on women drummers; those who have paved the way, those who hold open the doors, and those that have walked through to fill the rooms!  Look for articles on Ubaka Hill, Fatu Lady Drummer, Mabiba Baegne and others.  But first, enjoy this short clip present by Women Drummers International and feel the power of women on the drums! You will be glad that you did! 
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Kandia Kouyate

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I admit, I am biased towards the musicians of Mali.  Perhaps it is because their culture forms the heart of the old Mandeng Empire and the music and mysteries of the music there are older, more complex and piercing.  Perhaps it is because it is here that Sundiata rose and music flourished to support his reign.  We are completing our seires, the history of djembe drumming, and just wanted to give you a taste of what it is like in Bamako, Mali; music everyhwere.  All day and all night music reigns in the mind of the visitor.  Check back in for the articles.

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