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Doundounba: Dance of the Strong Men & Women Sun, 25 Mar 2012 16:52:06 +0000 Lady Drummer [vsw id="jIEOPdxbOAM&feature " source="youtube" width="425" height="344" autoplay="no"]
I am partial to community dance and love seeing men dance in community with their brethren and families.  Doundounba is one such community dance.  Historically, the dance was only performed by men. One way the dance was used was as a way to prepare for war.  The men would dance and strike each other with iron rods.  The striking was to raise the chi in much the way Native Americans strike themselves with sage or the orientals strike themselves with bamboo rods.  Another way the dance was used was as a way to solve disputes.  According to one master drummer, once a year a doundounba festival was held.  All men, with unresolved disputes would enter the arena and dance doundounba, striking each other with iron rods.  Last man standing won the dispute.

Fortunately, there are not many of the later held in this era.  doundounba festivals are held as festive occasions and a time for the men to come out and honor themselves and their communities.  A wonderful addition is that now, Women dance doundounba as well; just as vigorously as the men.  What a wonderful set of videos to usher in the spring.
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Highlanders Intensive Drum Saturday Fri, 23 Mar 2012 18:17:29 +0000 Lady Drummer Event Description:

Enjoy this intensive weekend tightening up technique, Lamba & Kuku accompaniments, and learning traditional solos for both. Also, learn drills to improve speed, alternating of hands and soloing

Event Date


Event Time

From: 11:00 – To: 05:00

Event Venue

Higlands Ranch

Event TimeZone

(GMT-7) America/Denver

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Equinox Fri, 23 Mar 2012 17:52:21 +0000 Lady Drummer [vsw id="M4B7qiYbF-U" source="youtube" width="445" height="344" autoplay="no"]
Nothing symbolizes spring like drumming and dancing around a blazing fire at night! A special video re: Mammady Keita. Awake form sleep and dream! Enjoy the passion!  spring is finally here!

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Grupo Obini Bata Tue, 13 Dec 2011 03:03:49 +0000 Lady Drummer Obini Bata

Obini Bata

Hello Internet City!  The debate on women playing drums; congas, djembe & bata , continues into 2012.  This worn out conversation, like tattered cloth,needs to be burned in the fire and released.  Women have played and will continue to play drums through eternity. To demonstrate the point, we present again Obini Bata, the first all women’s percussion ensemble in Cuba.  These fabulous performers play congas and the bata, going against the strictures of worn out religious conventions to live their passion.  May every woman out there walking in doubt be inspired by their divinely inspired music.   We salute these sistahs and honor the music they bring. Enjoy Obini Bata!
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Cantos a Oshun Mon, 12 Dec 2011 12:43:12 +0000 Lady Drummer Morning Internet City!Start your morning with this wonderful salute to Oshun, Orisha of transformation, beauty, and abundance. This piece by New York-based producer Chief Osunlade blends jazz piano, horns  and a heavy disco under beat to make this piece rock for the urban Omo Orisha.   Not a traditional production of Orisha music, but one very well done .  The album; Cantos a Ochun Et Oya (Juan Valentine Re-Edit)” is available through and itunes. Enjoy!
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Djembe Drummers as Ambassadors of Peace Sun, 11 Dec 2011 05:01:08 +0000 Lady Drummer African Musicians are truly ambassadors of peace. I am seeing more and more videos where Master Djembe drummers have gone into other cultures carrying the message of the drum. This is true of the Americas, Canada and Europe who have felt the growing influence of these musicians over the last fifty years. Now I am seeing more videos coming from Asian countries. Here is a video of Aly Traore playing with a group of Japanese drummers. These guys are having so much fun; you just want to jump in and start dancing! Enjoy!
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Baba Adetunji Joda: Twenty-Five Years of Sharing Sat, 30 Jul 2011 02:42:15 +0000 Lady Drummer Ipese Drum

Ipese Drum

Baba Adetunji Joda came to America with Baba Olatunji over a  quarter of a century ago.  Baba Olatunji has become an Eegun, and we miss him. However, we are blessed because Baba Joda remains in the Denver area teaching Yoruba song and dance.  During the Colorado Black Arts Festival, the Ujamaa Dance Collective performed an impromptu tribute to Baba Joda acknowledging 25 years of teaching and influence.  There are over 100 drummers and dancers now performing in a multitude of venues with their own companies, their children and their grandchildren  who owe their start in West African culture to Baba Joda. Baba Joda  has touched Denver across many cultures, races and many generations.

The words to the song mean, ” Beautiful, Beautiful!  Look at all the beautiful people!”  This is the first song Baba Joda  teaches.  How appropriate to sing it back to him at the 25th anniversary of  of the Colorado Black Arts Festival! Ashe O!
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See Yourself There: Camp Merveilles Boulder, CO Aug 3-7,2011 Fri, 29 Jul 2011 13:17:07 +0000 Lady Drummer
[vsw id="O7MOfQM6tVM" source="youtube" width="425" height="344" autoplay="no"]There is still time to get to the Camp Merveilles Drum Camp hosted by Fara Tolno & Kissidugu School of Music. Check for more info!

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The Women of Ingoma Nshya Wed, 27 Jul 2011 04:26:31 +0000 Lady Drummer I love women drumming!  Individual wombs joining in one collective voice, translating and transcribing the subtle voice of spirit and manifesting emotional and physical healing! 
As our ancestors say, “Every step is a prayer.”  On this video you can hear what you normally only intuit.  Listen to the counter rhythms created bythe shuffling of the sandals on the tarmac and the rustle of their gowns as they move.  Even in the “spaces” there is music!  
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