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Label: CFG Multimedia
Duration: 51 mins
Bless In; Magic Before; Skyward; A Bad Peace pt. 1; A Bad Peace pt. 2; What You Smiling For?; Verity Rhythm; House of Dust; Bless Out
Dr. Mark Lomax, II: drums; Carnell Willoughby: vocal; Barbara Fant: vocal; Dionne Custer Edwards: vocal; Scott Woods: vocal
In the African tradition, the drum has always had a voice central to the cultural expression of the people. The drum sang the praises of major and minor deities, of honored ancestors, and mighty warriors. It reminded its people where they came from, and illuminated the path forward. This great and powerful voice was not welcomed in the New World and though great effort was made to suppress it, it’s energy was transformed into the Spirituals and the Blues, Ragtime, Jazz, R&B, and Hip-Hop. Langston Hughes, Sonia Sanchez, Haki Madhubuti, and Audre Lorde all channeled its voice in their poetry, but its essential message of balance, power, and unity has been lost. Having dedicated his life to studying the drums and its voice, Dr. Mark Lomax, II seeks to use poetry to help reconnect audiences to the oral tradition of the drum. Using rhythm and verse, Lomax, along with poets Scott Woods, Dionne Custer Edwards, Carnell Willoughby, and Barbara Fant craft a narrative that reminds us of the truth that we can always find hope in our collective humanity.
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