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Orisha Music Comes of Age

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I love Facebook! From time to time, someone posts some wonderful tidbits that are worthy of reposting.  Here is one such tidbit sent to our  in-box by a friend who knows we love Orisha music.  Chacao, of Cuban fame,  performs a suite for Eleggua, Orisha of the Crossroads. This piece is really sweet.   In addition to nice harmonies (often lacking in Orisha music) Chacao adds some tasty little runs on the cello. A classical touch.  Now that’s nice! 

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Feel the Axe Choreographs to Fatu’s 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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Mirai Daiko in Concert August 7, 2010

Mirai Daiko, Denver’s Premier Women’s Taiko Drumming ensemble is in concert August 7, at the Curious Theater just off the Arts Mall in Downtown Denver.  This will be an exciting performance of traditional and original Taiko drumming by a phenomenal gorup of women artists. 

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Feeling Our Mother!

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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