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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"]

Documentary on Female Circumcision in Sierra Leone

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Female Circumcision

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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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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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When you Walked Into the Room!

We share this poem, a tribute to the passing of the great Lena Horne, written by Oakland’s own Paradise Free Jah Love!  It was shared on Face book, but is too beautiful a piece  to keep quiet. Lena touched and inspired many.  May we be inspired by the grace of her passage home.  Thanks, Paradise, for these beautiful words.
Dragon Head Music Staff

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