The Drummer's Path: Moving the Spirit with Ritual and Traditional Drumming
An introduction to African drumming discusses the principles and power of traditional African rhythms and explains the basics of breath, posture, and orchestration in playing African music
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Page xv - They do it with who they are, with their emotions, with their life experiences, with their thoughts. One's state of Spirit molds the music and the art that is made, and it affects the people it comes in contact with. Your words, your thoughts, your work are charged with your cumulative and instantaneous Being. That's why in some African societies it is against the law to "talk bad Toout somebody.