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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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Spirits of the Djembe:

Djin

Djin

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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.

National Ballet of Senegal 2006

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Senegalese artists had a tremendous impact on African dance in the United States as the result of the influences of Mor Thiam and Katherine Dunham between 1968 and 1974. This video of the National Ballet of Senegal filmed in 2006 is  excellent  in that it shows the use of both the djembe, indigenous to the Mandeng cultures of the Old Mali Empire and the Sabar of the Wolof people of Senegal!

What is Orisha Music?

Orisha Music is the music that is sung to the deities of the Yoruba religion called Ifa. The Yoruba were brought to the Americas during the transport of slaves from West African during the European slave trade.  The Yoruba people come from what is now the Country of Nigeria, however, linguists believe the Yoruba migrated from Egypt to West African several hundred years ago spreading their religious and cultural heritage through the vast regions of West Africa.Yoruba people were brought to the Islands of Cuba and the eastern seaboard of the United States.  It is estimated that 85% of African Americans are descendants of the people brought from Yoruba Land.  
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