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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 24, 2020

Bumbamba! Join us in a celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the music and dance of the Olatunji Drums of Passion at Hollyhock. 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 in our reunion at the Olatunji Hall. Sing, dance, and play with Zoë, Gordy, Sanga, and Ade – the core of the Olatunji Drums of Passion. Everyone welcome! Carlos Santana on Olatunji’s influence on his and John Coltrane’s music.