Is the reason the drum resonates so much with my being is that not only does it echo my heart beat, or what my heart beat could be, but because it is probably one of the oldest, most raw musical instruments—one of the oldest forms of expression, along with the human voice? The deep bum-bum, bum-bum, bum-bum ~ tap-tap-tap, ting-ting, ting-ting, ting-ting. And the voice aaaaouhhh, aaaaouhhh, eeeyyy, eyyyhhhh. The human voice that can take on many different levels and resonances of our beings and put us in touch with our other voices—our raw creaturely voice, the elemental voice.
I’m listening to Babatunde Olatundji’s Healing Session: Traditional African Meditation Music, as I type this. Mornings always begin with some type of meditative music to ease my spirit into the day.
But then I found this video of one of Baba's celebratory songs. And my imagination jumps right in with the people, I take a drum, drum myself out, dance, dance, dance! I’m swirling in joy!
Baba Olatunji & his Drums of Passion - Akiwowo