The Power of Drumming

The Power of DrummingI remember the first time I heard the music of Mali, West Africa. Something happened inside me. A doorway opened that I walked through and found myself in the flow of timeless rhythm. My heart felt full, and in tune with the beating tones and amazing
combination of polyrhythmic sounds and images. There is something about the sweet, deep heartbeat of Mother Earth that connected me to something so big I had to know more about it. Not with my mind, but by direct experience. I stepped onto the Drummer’s Path and began an amazing journey of Self-discovery.

6000 year-old Mesopotamian excavations have uncovered drums dated from 3,000 BC. This implies that the drum has accompanied cultures throughout the world for a seriously long time. Indigenous peoples worldwide use many types of drums as the vehicle that can take them to the World of Spirit or summon the Spirits to connect with us here in ordinary reality. It opens the way for communication and is used to speak the language of the soul.

Today, many people are drawn to the djembe, which originated in the West African countries of Guinea,Mali, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Senegal. In West Africa music plays a central role, both spiritually as well as in everyday life. It accompanies activities such as planting, eldwork, shing, hunting and important life events such as birth, marriage, death,festivals, ceremonies, divination, healing and initiation. e rhythms are seen and honored as Living Beings created by Life to ful ll speci c purposes. Some are for particular Spirits and Ancestors that support the tribe and oversee each phase of life. My teacher, Mamady Keita, explains how the djembe and its rhythms have a life. ey live as we do, consisting of nonphysical aspects with no real beginning or end: a timeless ow of energy.
amazing journey of Self-discovery.
6000 year-old Mesopotamian excavations have uncovered drums dated from 3,000 BC. is implies that the drum has accompanied cultures throughout the world for a seriously long time. Indigenous peoples worldwide use many types of drums as the vehicle that can take them to the World of Spirit or summon the Spirits to connect with us here in ordinary reality. It opens the way for communication and is used to speak the language of the soul.

When we drum we feed The Holy and honor the Spirits that keep life alive.For centuries the same rhythms have accompanied the farmer as he cultivates his eld. e rhythms are as much a part of reality as the acts themselves. e traditional rhythms are a living form and an integral part of all existence; a basic foundation that supports and carries the people from day to day. e drum speaks the language, as it accompanies the griots who recite the genealogy of families, sharing their history, proverbs and legends. It ful lls primary social and necessary spiritual functions.

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