I read this great book called The Healing Drum at a time in my life when I was especially down and out. It's about Yaya Diallo, a member of a West
African Fulani tribe. He experienced the French colonization of his homelands as a child and was westernized as a teenager. Finding himself isolated,
melancholy, and thousands of miles away from home, he returned to the healing drums of his youth--he recorded this album.
I hope you enjoy it at least half as much as I do! I have taken the liberty of uploading it to youtube to share it with you folks--otherwise it's
nowhere to be found on that site.
Yaya plays all the congas, djembes, and balafons on the album. I believe he also uses a few other traditional instruments such as the "talking drum."
With some help from the flute, the album captures the very traditional and beautiful sounds of Yaya's village.
I listen to this album whenever I need to get centered again; just as Yaya recorded it because he was off-center.
It is quite a beautiful album that begins fast and strong, but slowly achieves tranquility.
I'm also a bit of an amateur drummer. I listen to this album for inspiration and attempt to find my own seat of tranquility by playing my own djembe,
balafon, and flute. Although I'm far from being a talented musician, I still find that the process is a salve to my wounds. Listen below to my clumsy
attempt at a Yaya inspired drum ensemble
Do you have any homegrown recordings of your "healing" music? What music smooths the wrinkles of your soul?
edit on 21-6-2013 by NarcolepticBuddha because: (no reason given)
Thanks for that NB. [color=#FFB900]Music is such a healer !
I find this band to be good for the soul ...
I also find this to be haunting and quite spiritual in its essence ...
I hope you enjoy them.
Okay, embassis on THAT ...
[color=#FFB900]Music is such a healer!
Indeed... I would much rather go blind than deaf some times... for the precise reason as that music is a beautiful thing.... Healing-music,
meditating-ful-music, and even silence (can be so loud, yes?) ... is just awesome to behold
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