Saturday, January 18, 2014

Primal Music Monday 1/20

With Allah's help and permission, we will gather for our inaugural Primal Music Monday on January 20th, from 7 pm to 9 pm at Zawiya Perspective:

1800 East Garry Ave. Suite 101
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(949) 394-6090

We'll start off with a down and dirty frame drum clinic. The frame drum is an amazing gathering tool and I can almost guarantee a tight, locked-in rhythm circle within minutes of even newcomers picking up the drum. Show up and we'll prove it, insha Allah.

We'll move on to a round of tea before singing. The lift we'll get from the drumming and the warm relaxation we'll get from a good cup should have us ready to sing, insha Allah.

And sing we will, somewhere in the neighborhood of 5-6 Arabic qasidas. We'll work to select those pieces that have simple refrains to allow for increased participation, insha Allah. And if singing isn't your bag, bang a drum (in time!) and we'll love you for it.

At the end of the evening, we'll workshop an original composition, Tea.

The music and lyrics are here. Print, download, and practice.

In addition, or perhaps even as a substitution, I am inviting any and all to show up with any English language song for a group sing. Be prepared with lyric sheets to hand out and be willing to lead the songs you bring, insha Allah.

After all that (whew!), we'll settle in with more refreshments and just bask in how beautiful life can be, wal-hamdu lillah.

Finally, a quick reminder of the rules:

1) This gathering is for men only.
2) Show up groomed and smelling good.
3) Absolutely no tuned instruments allowed. Bringing your own drum is encouraged.
4) Sound recording devices are fine, but no photography or video, please.

Looking forward to an evening with you, insha Allah.

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