|Speaking of Rhythm planned series of 5||Rasaki's Drums: Rhythms & Drums of Nigeria's Yorubá||Peta Robles & Tío Lalo: Some Afro-Peruvian Contributions||Celtic||Mexican|
The series, Speaking of Rhythm is based partly on the premise that we can learn a lot about the culture of others by learning about their art forms, in this case, music and more specifically, percussion traditions. In the process of our investigations, we find out that drumming is an essential part of culture and community for at least some West African ethnic groups such as the Yorubá. We discover that Afro-Peruvians, who had absolutely nothing, were particularly ingenious - not only recreating their traditional instruments but also developing new ones, including the cajón which in the past half-century has been introduced to the world stage. We expect to discover similar fascinating information about the other traditions.
I also need to confess here that rhythm is something I personally love, which led me to produce this series in the first place. I strong suspect that there are plenty of other people who feel the same way. Hence, a series about some percussion traditions from vastly different places.
We plan to produce at least five episodes for this series: Afro-Peruvian, Nigerian (Yorubá), Celtic, southern Indian, and Mexican. So far, we have shot two. We've also pretty much completed the editing of the Nigerian (Yorubá) episode and expect to complete the Afro-Peruvian by the summer of 2023. Then, we hope to shoot the main part of the Celtic episode in the fall of 2023, and so forth.