Dr. Randall Alifano PhD

Dr. Randall Alifano PhD, Albany, California

Dr. Randall Alifano PhD Discusses the Popularity of African Drumming Outside
of Africa

Dr. Randall Alifano PhD is an accomplished djembe drummer, known in African tribal vernacular as a djembfola. Dr. Randall Alifano PhD is a founding member of the Tandamanzi Rhythm Ensemble based in northern California. One of Dr. Randall Alifano PhD’s goals as a djembe musician is to foster awareness and appreciation of African drumming in the United States.

For the past 70 years, says Dr. Randall Alifano PhD, djembe drumming has been increasing in popularity in countries outside of Africa. In the 1940s, reports Dr. Randall Alifano PhD, Parisian musicians and expatriates took a marked interest in the African musical style. During the 1960s, adds Dr. Randall Alifano PhD, djembe drumming groups were traveling on world tours, inspiring a heightened world consciousness of the long-lived musical expression. Since that time, notes Dr. Randall Alifano PhD, djembe drumming has developed a global community of practitioners.

Drum circles that involve djembe drums and dundun bass drums, explains Dr. Randall Alifano PhD, are usually accompanied by higher pitched hand percussion. Drum circles can be spontaneous happenings, continues Dr. Randall Alifano PhD, or elaborate planned performances replete with costumes, singers and dancers. Frequently the drum circle is led by a vocal facilitator who rallies the participants.

According to Dr. Randall Alifano PhD, djembe drumming is still deeply rooted in African tradition even when supplemented by western instruments and technology. Some modernizations that djembe drum circles have experienced, says Dr. Randall Alifano PhD, are the addition of instruments from other cultures, like the electric guitar and keyboard. Born in the villages of Africa hundreds of years ago, continues Dr. Randall Alifano PhD, this visceral and local musical tradition has burgeoned into a worldwide multicultural art form. The key factor in authentic djembe drum music, according to Dr. Randall Alifano PhD, is movement. This kind of music is not for listening, adds Dr. Randall Alifano PhD, as much as it is for moving, dancing and interacting.

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