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African Women Djembefola

The exchange of culture between West Africa and the United States  and Europe is mutual.  One of the greatest impact of western culture upon West Africa is the shift towards women playing traditional Drums of Power such as the djembe. The following clip shows a group of young women performing with their teacher on the djembe, a feat that would have resulted in severe repercussion for the women  and the teacher as recent as 15 years ago.  No doubt, the  fact that women are the greatest seekers of African  drum teachers in the United States and Europe is a prominent factor. There is significant income to made from women students.   Significant income has also been made by students, many of whom are women, traveling to Africa to participate in drumming intensives. Many benefit from these intensives including those who provide housing, cook meals, escort and teach.

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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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Master Drummer Francisco Aguabella Passes in California

 Master Drummer, Francisco Aguabella,  passed away on May 9, 2010 in California.  Aguabella, a master of Orisha song, drum and dance came to the United States in the 1950’s and with other greats such as Patata and Tito Puentes. together these masters blasted open the doors of  Salsa,  Latin and Jazz music. the following clip is a tribute to the Influence of Aguabella and his master friends. Aguabella passed away of  cancer in his home.  May he fly in piece  with Ancestor and Orisha.   
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Spirits of the Djembe:

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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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