Song of the Drum, Dance of Life
With Gordy Ryan and Zoë Ryan
July 26 - 30, 2021
Bumbamba! Activate the fire in your hands, the beat in your feet, and the song in your heart on a soulful journey to the well of inspiration.
Sing, dance, and play with Gordy Onayemi Ryan, Zoë Ryan, Sanga Francis, and Ade Harris – the core of the Olatunji Drums of Passion.
Babatunde Olatunji was a Yoruba man born to be King in his region of Nigeria. Well-educated as well as initiated into traditional cultural ceremonies, he became close friends with Dr. Martin Luther King. He recorded Drums of Passion with legendary producer John Hammond. For the next 43 years he continued recording and touring the world with the drummers and dancers of the Drums of Passion.
Olatunji Hall near Hollyhock was named after his legacy and has now hosted over 30 years of music and dance. Babatunde passed to the Spirit world in 2003, but the Olatunji Hall continues as a sanctuary where his vision can manifest of Mankind working together in Unity to realize we are all One Spirit on this beautiful planet which is our responsibility to protect.
Learn African rhythms, song, and dance in this celebratory and uplifting program.
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Gordy Onayemi Ryan has laid down the groove for the Olatunji Drums of Passion, the Ahikr Ritual, Gabrielle Roth and others for many decades. A master djembe carver and instrument maker, Gordy’s given Yoruba name means “breathes and understands art”. obatheband.com Read my blog on Hollyhock Talks
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Zoë Ryan has journeyed deep into modern, shamanic and West African dance. It is her joy to bring the transformative nature of dance to people of all ages. She trained in dance education at the Rudolph Laban Centre in London and has an early background in Shakespearean Theatre. She apprenticed with Gabrielle Roth and played extensively with Babatunde Olatunji and the Drums of Passion. obatheband.com Read my blog on Hollyhock Talks
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