Posts Tagged ‘Djembe 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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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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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.