Course Dates:  26th March 2019 to 30th March 2019

Number of Hours: 

Days: 5 Days

Location: Goa Upaya Yoga Centre

Course Fee: 

Accommodation Fee: 250 EURO per person in double sharing (50 EURO per person per night)

 

African rhythms are the result of a collective memory that was born to express the connection of humans with the natural environment.

They have something sacred. They are associated with rites passages and earth ceremonies that are connected with fertility and some rhythms evoke the world of the spirits. Thanks to the oral tradition of west Africa, and the numerous researchers from the fields of anthropology and ethnomusicology, there is in our disposal a vast source of different rhythms, from which we can tap into a collective past that was formed to create, strong bonds and empower a community to celebrate the joy of life.  

When we speak about drumming, what we know, is that it has to do with the beating of a drum, with our bare hands and playing some rhythms, which is true but in order to explore and enhance our musical perception we will accept the drum as an amplifier of our voice, of our energy, behind the rhythms that the drum is playing actually it’s our voice that speaks. In fact, one of the functions that tribal drums had and in some parts of Africa still has, was that it was a form of actual communication they were speaking with the drums in their own dialect, African language is tonal based on the notes do- re- mi.

 African language itself is a music score, in conclusion, the drums were expressing and transmitting thoughts and ideas, emotions, quotations, and proverbs, when the drummer speaks or sings the drum starts talking.

In this workshop, our focal point will be to discover the essence of drumming, and the vessel for this journey is our voice and our body. The primal musical instruments of humanity.

The origins of African rhythms can be traced in a widespread community practice, which is also an oral tradition medium, and that is the practice of singing and clapping. What we will be actually doing, is chanting the rhythmic patterns in a way the rhythm itself becomes a mantra. While chanting the rhythms, in a repetitive way, we create a mantra that awakes our breathing mechanism and body movement, when our minds main focus is the rhythm it becomes silent, it speaks only the rhythm and observes, then we become the rhythm. This approach leads to a dynamic form of social meditation where the power of intention can lead to ecstasy, euphoria and brings people together. 

Basic ingredients of African rhythms is polyrhythmia. One rhythm is a combination of many small rhythms that are in dialogue. Symbolically speaking it depicts the different rhythms of human nature, the different rhythms of nature and how they intersect each other.  It symbolizes the weaven matrix of the world.

In our case, polyrhythmic is equivalent with polyphonia, because we will be chanting rhythms and that will be our approach to the African rhythms which we will study.

The way it sounds is irrelevant.

The best part is that we can reap the benefits of chanting regardless of the way our voices sound. Stacy Horn, author of Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing With Others, cites a study conducted in 2005 which states that people can still experience the same feelings of pleasure even when the sound being produced is “of mediocre quality.”

We can experience pleasure from sound vibrations as they resonate in our mouths and throughout our bodies. Endorphins are released when we sing which help to promote positive feelings. This is especially true when we chant with other people. Group chanting also induces the production of oxytocin (the bonding hormone). This can reduce stress, anxiety and increase feelings of trust and well-being.

Chanting is considered an aerobic activity because of the amount of oxygen that is delivered to the brain. Our breath has immense restorative power, can reduce stress and can even put us into a meditative state. Moreover, singing decreases cortisol levels (stress hormone), which allow us to produce more antibodies that boost our immune systems. We can attain great personal insight in addition to the emotional and physiological benefits of singing. When we sing, there is a certain amount of vulnerability that is required. This vulnerability allows us to learn a lot about ourselves, what motivates us, what we’re capable of and what we truly desire.  C.G. Jung believed that “we become ourselves through… [participating] in multiple creative acts.” into the world at large.

It has been suggested that singing in groups can result in a phenomenon called entrainment. The pulses of the singers synchronize as one collective heartbeat. In the same way, standing firmly in who we reveal that we are part of one massive system, the heart of humanity.

 

First-day duration of the workshop 3 hours.

  • Introduction rhythm name games for better team building
  • Breathing and voicing exercises based on the vowels a, e, I, o, u.
  • Collective Sound exercises (DOME)
  • Call and response exercises with vowels
  • Celebration dance under the sound of the drum and exploration of space and body movement for body warm up and connectivity.
  • Exploring the body as a music instrument (body music basics).
  • Introduction to African music aesthetics (oral tradition, African music functions in the community, polyrhythmia).
  • Body music call and response exercises

 

Second-day duration of the workshop 4 hours

  • Introduction rhythm games for better team building
  • Breathing and voicing exercises based on the vowels a, e, I, o, u.
  • Collective Sound exercise.
  • Call and response exercises with vowels
  • Celebration dance under the sound of the drum exploration of space and body movement that follows the speed of the drum
  • Body music, call and response exercises.
  • Introduction to the first rhythm associated with earth ceremonies (binary patterns)
  • Singing and clapping the rhythm patterns
  • Singing and clapping the rhythm patterns in movement and intention.
  • Singing and clapping the rhythms in celebration.
  • Silence

 

The third day, duration of the workshop 4 hours

  • Introduction games for team building
  • Breathing and voicing exercises
  • Collective sound exercise
  • Celebration dance of the drum exploration of space and body movement follow the speed of the drum connect with each other.
  • Singing and clapping the rhythms of the previous day
    (Rhythm associated with earth ceremonies).
    Introduction to the second rhythm associated with the spirit world (Ternary patterns).
  • Singing and clapping the rhythm patterns.
  • Singing and clapping the rhythm patterns in movement and intention.
  • Singing and clapping the rhythms in celebration.
  • Silence

 

The fourth day, duration of the workshop 4 hours

  • Breathing and voicing exercises.
  • Collective sound exercise.
  • Celebration dance of the drum exploration of space and body movement
    follow the speed of the drum connect with each other.
  • Singing and clapping the rhythms of the previous days with the intention
    (Binary rhythm associated with earth ceremonies).
  • Singing and clapping the rhythms of the previous days with the intention
    (Ternary rhythm associated with spirit ceremonies).

 

Fifth day, duration of the workshop 4 hours

  • Breathing and voicing exercises.
  • Collective sound exercise.
  • Celebration dance of the drum exploration of space and body movement
    follow the speed of the drum connect with each other.
  • Singing and clapping the rhythms of the previous days with the intention
    (Binary rhythm associated with earth ceremonies).
  • Singing and clapping the rhythms of the previous days with the intention
    (Ternary rhythm associated with spirit ceremonies)

 

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