West African Drumming involves more than playing rhythms, it’s a spiritual discipline which honours the power of nature, music orientated message communication and the laws of ’cause’ and ‘effect’. It’s aural tradition is learned by ‘doing’ not by notation.
Traditionally the instrument is used to creatively support and encourage self and community.
To play formally carries the responsibilities of assisting the lifecycle ceremonies of birth, puberty, marriage and celebration of nature’s cycles.
Anthropological studies support that drumming has been viewed in many cultures as a mode of transport to deeper mental states, useful for problem solving, healing, improved integration and balance.
In recent years new and exciting research has been made into drumming’s ability to aid the process of ‘neurological re-patterning’, benefitting mental conditions, learning disabilities, stress, depression and anxiety.
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FOLI “RHYTHM” THERE IS NO MOVEMENT WITHOUT RHYTHM, ORIGINAL VERSION. thomas roebers