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posted 17 September 2003 02:29 PM      Profile for zzzstephen   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
A new series of articles titled "Djembe Drum Music - Yaya Diallo Interrupts the Silence" will begin near the end of September published by Music Dish, .


Very often I’m asked to write articles on the subject of drum music. During my 20 years of experience as an instructor of drumming and dance in Africa, Europe,
Asia, U.S.A., Canada and the Antilles I always avoided the ambiguous subjects. One day I said to myself, “Enough, it’s enough! Stop the massacre.” I have my share of responsibility and guilt in the tragedy that we are living today regarding
African percussion. I am going to write a series of articles with the frankness and honesty of style for which I am known. I assure you there will be tears and grinding of teeth over some of the reading. Too bad for the lame ducks!

The following is a list of subjects to be covered:

1. Djembe and Djembefola
2. The Djembe Gangsters
3. Percussion and AIDS
4. The Drum Mafia
5. Percussion and African dance – A Deaf Dialogue
6. African Percussion and Racism
7. Miscellaneous Questions

Note: Do not count on me for a request to offer a public apology or to take back my statements. This will never happen.

To all who are listening … Greetings!

Previous articles are posted at the Yaya Diallo News, Articles & Communication site, :

"The History of African American Music"
"The Destruction of African Culture"
"The Meaning of Music"
"The Effects of Sound"

Music on Yaya Diallo's Nangapè, Dounouokan, and Live at Club Soda albums range from the traditional to the popular KANZA genres of West African music and can be listened to on New Music Canada,

Yaya Diallo's band KANZA, with music transposed from traditional African instuments to saxophone, bass and lead guitars, electric violin and drum set as well as vocals and African drums, transforms Kanza music into a form of African Rock music.

Onzou Records collaborates with Yaya Diallo to produce his music and shares his goals of creating traditional African healing centers to transmit the music, culture and knowledge of his heritage to future generations.

Stephen Conroy, Producer/Manager
Yaya Diallo's West African Music
Onzou Records,

[ 17 September 2003: Message edited by: zzzstephen ]

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