Although I have used sound for healing since 1990, I might never have written about it (much less created this blog) if it were not for my African drumming teacher, Abubakr Kouyate.
Abubakr teaches in the casual West African village style, where all ages and all skill levels learn together. More important, he teaches what each complex multipart djembe rhythm is intended to do. Some are for young people's iniations, some are women's business, some are for social gatherings.
Others are for stylized combat exhibitions among young men, for war, or to honor certain occupations. There are also different rhythms to accompany (and synchronize) different kinds of group work.
Our class favorites tend to be the spiritual rhythms that accompany such acitivities as foretelling the future, advising community members on their lives, admonishing children, blessing a household, or fishing once a year in the sacred pond.
However, every single rhythm has a type of healing energy that we can feel, whether listening or playing them. Medical research, as discussed in some of my earliest posts, proves that.
A couple of years ago, the owner of the shop where we have our drum class suggested that I write a magazine article on the healing power of drumming to accompany an ad he was placing about events at his shop. With research help from a classmate, Lynn Colwell, I wrote the article, and the magazine editor published it.
After all that work, researching and writing, it seemed like a good idea to reserve future publication rights and put the information on a web site. Eventually that article was serialized on this blog.
So while I know I have been blessed by knowing and studying with such a spiritual man and a gifted teacher, it occurred to me today that if you enjoy this blog, you, too, have been blessed by the teaching of Abubakr Kouyate.
By the way, I am building a small web site for Abubakr. It should be on line by Monday evening: http://www.AbuBakr.info. Stop by sometime if you would like to know more about him.