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Orisha Song & Dance to Yemaya in Japan

Ifa is the Indigenous Spiritual Practice of the Yoruba People of Nigeria.  The practice has three major components: Orisha Veneration, Ancestor Veneration and Divination. Orisha are Spirits are spirits of nature and are responsible for the rules which govern nature.  Orisha are anthropomorphized with human characteristics for the purpose of understanding their essence and being able to extrapolate psychological constructs.

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Oumou Sangare

Some music hits you in the heart.  Some in the head.  Some hit you deep, down low and make you twitch and pull your ankles together! Oumou Sangare hits there and  just right! From the heart of Mali, this inernational performer performs Waiyeina before a live audience in Rome Italy in 2009. Simple music.  Elegant  and hypnotic music that you just don’t want to stop.  Here, at Dragonhead music you can play it over and over again.  Enjoy internet Fam.  We are back!  
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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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Finale: Linda Thomas Jones

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Grandmother's of the Drum
Young Linda

Young Linda

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