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Valerie Naranjo

Valerie Dee Naranjo is a percussionist, vocalist, and composer known for her pioneering efforts in West African keyboard percussion music. She plays percussion for NBC's Saturday Night Live Band, and has performed with Broadway's The Lion King, The Paul Winter Consort, Tori Amos, and more. Co-leader of the band Mandara, Valerie has recorded nearly a dozen CDs with a variety of artists and was named by Drum! magazine as "World Music Percussionist of the Year" in 2005 and 2008. She has also researched and studied in nearly a dozen African countries. In 1988 at a traditional music festival in Ghana, her playing of the gyil—a wooden type of marimba—led to a chiefly decree in the Dagara nation that women be allowed to play the instrument for the first time.

Ronnie Nyogetsu Seldin

Ronnie Nyogetsu Seldin studied shakuhachi in Kyoto, Japan, with Kurahashi Yodo Sensei. Upon returning to New York in 1978, Nyogetsu was awarded the rank of Shi-han (Master), for his efforts to spread the teaching of this instrument in America. In April 2001, he received a...

Earth Healing

Erica Azim

Valerie Naranjo

Ronnie Nyogetsu Seldin

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This unique collection brings together three world-class artists who have taken deep, lifelong journeys into the heart and soul of healing music traditions.

Mbira: The Healing Spirit of Zimbabwe by Erica Azim

Mbira music has been used by the Shona people of Zimbabwe to heal physical and mental illness for more than a millennium. The spiraling melodic and rhythmic lines draw the listener into a state of meditation, where mind and body find balance, and natural vitality asserts itself.

in 1974, Erica Azim became one of the first people from outside Zimbabwe to study with traditional masters of the mbira. Erica is now known in Zimbabwe as a gwenyambira, which means a skilled performer qualified to play at traditional ceremonies and accepted by the ancient spirits of the Shona.

Orenda: Native American Music to Heal the Spirit by Valerie Dee Naranjo

Traditional Native American song is much more than entertainment, intellectual stimulation, or social pursuit. It is used to change the life condition of the entire community. It helps to heal maladies of the mind, body, and spirit. The instrument makers, even the plants and animals involved, are blessed and initiated, and they hold a special place in the community.

Valerie Dee Naranjo, MA, has sung in schools, community centers, and substance abuse clinics on the Navajo reservation. She sang and drummed with the Native American women's group Ulali, and she has arranged, performed, and recorded with Philip Glass, David Byrne, Selena, Tori Amos, and Hugh Masekela. Valerie currently performs with The Lion King and NBC's Saturday Night Live Band.

Komuso: The Healing Art of Zen Shakuhachi by Ronnie Nyogetsu Seldin

The Komuso were Zen Buddhist priests who wandered the countryside of Japan playing a particular style of healing flute music called Sui-Zen.

Shakuhachi Grand Master Ronnie Nyogetsu Seldin is a modern-day Komuso who has brought peace, balance, and well-being to thousands with this healing repertoire. He studied shakuhachi flute in Kyoto, Japan, with Kurahashi Yodo Sensei. In 1978 Ronnie was awarded the rank of Shi-han (Master) in recognition of his work of spreading the teaching of the Japanese Shakuhachi in America; and in 1980 he received his Dai Shi-han, or Grand Master's license.

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Date Published September 23, 2010
ISBN-13 978-1-60297-071-7
Product Codes 3221w, c3221w, rc03221w

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