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Djembe Drummers as Ambassadors of Peace

African Musicians are truly ambassadors of peace. I am seeing more and more videos where Master Djembe drummers have gone into other cultures carrying the message of the drum. This is true of the Americas, Canada and Europe who have felt the growing influence of these musicians over the last fifty years. Now I am seeing more videos coming from Asian countries. Here is a video of Aly Traore playing with a group of Japanese drummers. These guys are having so much fun; you just want to jump in and start dancing! Enjoy!
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Baba Adetunji Joda: Twenty-Five Years of Sharing

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The Women of Ingoma Nshya

I love women drumming!  Individual wombs joining in one collective voice, translating and transcribing the subtle voice of spirit and manifesting emotional and physical healing! 
   
As our ancestors say, “Every step is a prayer.”  On this video you can hear what you normally only intuit.  Listen to the counter rhythms created bythe shuffling of the sandals on the tarmac and the rustle of their gowns as they move.  Even in the “spaces” there is music!  
Enjoy!
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Fatu & Stephan Lockin’ Djembe Chops

Stephan Cole Griffin, the driving force behind the Colorado Black Arts Festival & Fatu Lady Drummer, the Head of the Dragon lock chops on Mandiani at the Black Arts Fest! Look for more from Ujamaa Dancers & Drummers in the near future!

Ujamaa Dancers Perform at Colorado Black Arts Festival

The Ujamaa African Dancers and Drummers gave a smashing performance at the Colorado Black Arts Festival on July 19. The performance featured Fatu Lady Drummer as Musical Director, Cleopatra Jones as choreographer and local legends: Choreogapher Carmen Toure Lorenzo steppin out on the Douns, Stephan Cole Griffin, Senaku Reddick, Reuben Lorenzo, and Hip-Hop Master Deandre Carroll. The show opened with a tribute to Baba Adetunji Joda for twenty five years of teaching Yoruba dance and drum to the Denver Community. The group then proceeded to perform Kaki Lambe/Sonsornet, Mandiani with solos and a few improvisations. An excellent ending to a fun filled family packed weekend.
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