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10 Quotes About Djembe Drumming and Rhythm


1. “For us personally it’s a way for us to share our own thoughts about the world. It helps us show through music that all our problems are not needed, and that we can come together as people because we can come together to play music.”

-Mamady Keita on the power of drumming

2. “The Creator wants us to drum. He wants us to corrupt the world with drum, dance and chants. After all, we have already corrupted the world with power and greed…which hasn’t gotten us anywhere – now’s the time to corrupt the world with drum, dance and chants.”
-Babatunde Olatunji

3. “The rhythm is in your blood.”
-African Proverb

4. “Be patient with your drum, the night is long.”
-Zimbabwean proverb

5. “Rhythm is a heartbeat. It’s the first drum, a story in sound that reveals our imagination and celebrates our power. Rhythm is the multi-culti common ground of the human family.”
-Tony Vacca

6. “Music creates order out of chaos: for rhythm imposes unanimity upon the divergent, melody imposes continuity upon the disjointed, and harmony imposes compatibility upon the incongruous”
-Yehudi Menuhin

7. “Where I come from we say that rhythm is the soul of life, because the whole universe revolves around rhythm, and when we get out of rhythm, that’s when we get into trouble.”
— Babatunde Olatunji

8. “Rhythm and harmony enter most powerfully into the inner most part of the soul and lay forcible hands upon it, bearing grace with them, so making graceful him who is rightly trained.”
- Plato

9. “Rhythm is the soul of life. The whole universe revolves in rhythm. Every thing and every human action revolves in rhythm.”
-Baba Tunji

10. “A good drummer listens as much as he plays.”
-Indian Proverb

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