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Introducing myself and my journal: The Innate Wisdom of Rhythm in Women, Women in Rhythm

About Me:
I am a 35 year old composer, musician and multi-instrumentalist in the United States. All my life, I have sought to harness the power of music to change and heal the world. I started out as a child and teen studying classical music and writing pieces with the intent to raise awareness. I continued studying formal classical composition at university, writing orchestral pieces about the Ivory Coast slave forts, the Cherokee Trail of Tears and other issues dear to my heart. Ten years ago, I started traveling overseas to study musical systems of other cultures and thus, my search deepened profoundly. I studied in Ghana, Ireland, Morocco, Mali, and Turkey, seeking out traditional music.

While I've made my living as a music journalist and freelance composer, I'm at a crossroads in my life now. I've spent years in academia and in the music industry but the most powerful experience I have had with music was attending a sacred Gnawa ceremony with women in Morocco. I have begun transforming my path and forging a new way; right now, I am feeling around in the dark but I can smell what it is I'm yearning for and it involves women, rhythm and music, and deep emotional healing of our hearts. I want to empower women through music. I am currently working on educating myself more about healing drum techniques to complement my own ethnomusicological studies.

One of my clearest visions is to work and live in the developing world, empowering women and womens' issues through the arts. I noticed in the majority of my overseas studies ithat most often, women were not the musicians in their culture, but that the music-- even the healing music-- was generally for the men. This is something I would like to harmoniously transform-- at the very least, to give women opportunities to know music, to know rhythm, to know their expressive self in new ways. I strongly believe that we can release our pain through music, transform and empower ourselves by embracing and nurturing these creative impulses wherein infinite wisdom is rooted.

My Passions:
healing and transformation through music, Moroccan culture and music

My Challenges:
I haven't yet found a way to materialize my passions and support myself

My Vision for the Future:
Women will be empowered through music

My Areas of Expertise:
the music industry, academic music/classical music, Gnawa music of Morocco and the sacred ceremonies; emotional healing techniques (psychologically/philosophically such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, etc)

Comments

Sharese's picture

I can hear the sounds...

I can hear that sounds of the drumming. I live in a culture where music is everywhere, and I do mean everywhere. However, for the most part it is not used to uplift but rather to degrade women and make men feel like they are "bad-men" and therefore some since of cool and purpose.

This is not where the music of Jamaica started. No, it started with the drum and and healing power was lost somewhere. To get back to that would mean beauty, blooming, and healing for this broken nation.

I very much look forward to reading more about your work in empowering women through music. I hope that you can connect with people here that can help you further your passion and possible you can connect with some people that can benefit from your passion. Let me know if I can be of any assistance in those connections.

In Peace,

Sharese

Fatima Waziri's picture

Hey there! Welcome to

Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

Its so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fun time with your new online friends and you will find this to be a positive experience. I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.

Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!

Peace!
Fatima

Maria Howe's picture

Hello!

Welcome!

It's exciting to have you here and to learn a bit about you. We all get a little more empowered when more voices join the choir! Please feel free to share your thoughts, stories and encouragement. Hopefully you enjoy becoming a part of this global community.

Your musical passions are inspiring. Music is powerful and I hope you are able to find a way to better engage women in developing nations with their inner talents and musical abilities. I think music is an excellent gateway to giving people a voice in something, a voice they may not have discovered otherwise. I look forward to seeing more of you online and hearing more of your voice.

Listen. Engage. Have Fun!

Regards,
Maria

rhythmofwomen's picture

Thank you for your words,

Thank you for your words, Maria! I really appreciate them. I am searching right now for a way to do this; I'm a bit at a crossroads in my life, back from a year in Africa and having trouble adapting back to the States, barely employed and searching for the "clues" and whispers of how to apply my passions to help women in these countries... I'm very happy to be a part of this community, a wonderful resource of women who are also seeking wholeness and healing for us all. Tell me about yourself and your hopes... how long have you been a part of the community?

Kind regards,
Tamara

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