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Gordy Ryan

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”.

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Events with Gordy Ryan

Song of the Drum, Dance of Life
July 26, 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…