"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." John 1:1 King James Version
AUM commonly known as OM is the essential vibration of creation. According to spiritual tradition everything was created from vibration and OM represents the vibration of creation and the universe and can be felt during deep meditation.
OM is believed to be the sound present at the beginning of the universe from which all creation spawned. When we consider that all perceived matter is condensed energy vibrating at certain frequencies that keeps sub atomic particles together then idea that creation originated from a vibration/sound is plausible.
AUM consists or the three basic sounds; A-U-M. These are the sounds that we can utter without the use of our tongue. Press your tongue down with your finger and you will see that the only sounds you can make are A-U-M. The sound commonly uttered as “O” is what we utter as we attempt to blend A and U together (O is pronounced as diphthong blending A and U together). When we utter AUM we can feel the vibration move upwards from our stomach and chest to the head. A and U generate a vibration from the stomach and chest while with M we feel the vibration in our head.
These three sounds work in the same was as the three basic colours from which all other colours are derived. From AUM all other sounds and vibrations can be created. We position our tongue in various locations in our pallet and use the vibration of the basic sounds A-U-M to produce all other sounds. As all sounds/vibrations originate from OM/AUM the traditional view that the sound represents creation makes sense.
Although we associate OM chanting with eastern traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism it is prevalent in Christianity. If you observe “AMEN” chanting from ceremonies in the Vatican or the Greek Orthodox priests of Mount Athos, they utter the “AM” part of AMEN in the same was as OM (i.e. prolonged AU and M). It seems that there is a shared knowledge between spiritual traditions and religions that has been lost or not shared with the masses. (Read more)
Music, art concerned with combining vocal or instrumental sounds for beauty of form or emotional expression, usually according to cultural standards of rhythm, melody, and, in most Western music, harmony. Both the simple folk song and the complex electronic composition belong to the same activity, music. Both are humanly engineered; both are conceptual and auditory, and these factors have been present in music of all styles and in all periods of history, throughout the world.
Music is an art that, in one guise or another, permeates every human society. Modern music is heard in a bewildering profusion of styles, many of them contemporary, others engendered in past eras. Music is a protean art; it lends itself easily to alliances with words, as in song, and with physical movement, as in dance. Throughout history, music has been an important adjunct to ritual and drama and has been credited with the capacity to reflect and influence human emotion. Popular culture has consistently exploited these possibilities, most conspicuously today by means of radio, film, television, musical theatre, and the Internet. The implications of the uses of music in psychotherapy, geriatrics, and advertising testify to a faith in its power to affect human behaviour. Publications and recordings have effectively internationalized music in its most significant, as well as its most trivial, manifestations. Beyond all this, the teaching of music in primary and secondary schools has now attained virtually worldwide acceptance.
But the prevalence of music is nothing new, and its human importance has often been acknowledged. What seems curious is that, despite the universality of the art, no one until recent times has argued for its necessity. The ancient Greek philosopher Democritus explicitly denied any fundamental need for music: “For it was not necessity that separated it off, but it arose from the existing superfluity.” The view that music and the other arts are mere graces is still widespread, although the growth of psychological understanding of play and other symbolic activities has begun to weaken this tenacious belief.
Sound Therapy has been utilized in various cultures for thousands of years as a tool for healing. Whether through the use of mantras as with the Hindis, the Icaros (medicine melodies) of various Indigenous peoples from Central and South America, or Pythagoras' use of interval and frequency, these various techniques all have the same intention: to move us from a place of imbalance to a place of balance.
Mujaahid African Drum Ensemble in America
is a group of some of the premier Master Drummers in Chicago. This ensemble is composed of very dynamic, energetic and exciting griots (African tribal storytellers) that seek to convey the spirit and tradition of our African Heritage through our Drums of Passion. The Mujaahid is a warrior in the cause of Freedom. We are making the Drum Call for African Unity to free our communities from the attack of violence, crime, poverty and ignorance.
The ensemble was revived and performed on African Liberation Day at the Paul Robeson High School 6835 S. Normal Blvd Chicago, IL 60621. This event was hosted by African Development Plan and The All People Foundation.
The ensemble was founded by Muntheru in 1990 and performed on the streets, in many of the colleges and night clubs throughout Chicago. Performing here in front of Chicago's Wrigley Field
Mark Vaughn is Master Drum Craftsmen & Lead Djembe Drummer, Traditional Dancer for the West Indian Dance Company, one of the coordinators of the African Drum Village exhibited at the African Festival of the Arts and the African Caribbean Festival of Life in Chicago.
Olu Shakoor is a Master Drummer, Chief Griot, founder and conductor of the African Drum Village exhibited at the African Festival of the Arts and the African Caribbean Festival of Life in Chicago. Olu is proficient on Djum-DJum and Djembe Drum in many of the traditional and contemporary styles of African drumming. He has a vast knowledge of the African oral history pasted on from generation to generation by way of tribal storytelling using theatrical song and dance .
Muntheru Shah Rhythm Djembe Drummer, Founder, and Director of Mujaahid African Drum Ensemble.
Musa Mosley Master Drummer and Drum Carver One of the founding members of the Original Sun Drummers. They pioneered the spirit of the African Drum Circle, which became a summer tradition on the lake front at THE POINT in Chicago's Hyde Park Community.
Kelvin Strong Lead Djembe Drummer
Baba Tyehimba Mtu is a Master Drummer, Master Drum Maker and a Master Carver. Being one of the three African Drum Carvers in the U.S., he is also in the first generation of Master Drummers in the U.S., and a Senior African Drummer in Chicago, with several unique styles of Afrikan Drumming (including playing polyrhythms on seven Drums and playing multiple rhythms on one Drum).
We need to have more Love in this world!
Tony is a true Rastafarian. He expresses the passion and spirit of his belief dynamically in the performance of the traditional Roots Reggae music.
Roots are the origin from which something is derived. The source of its strength such as the vital essence that maintain the reality of it's existence. Jah, the Lord and Creator of the universe have revealed the way for human development. "Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof." The truth so profound vibrates throughout the world though the heathens be adverse.
Roots Vibration Reggae Band is dedicated towards the delivery of Jah's divine message boldly in the traditional Roots Rock Reggae style and fashion. Anthony Ezekiel Parnther, Lead vocalist and Rhythm Guitarist conceived the idea while growing up in Kingston, Jamaica then later came to Chicago where he formed the band.
Anthony E. Parnther, Vocals/Rhythm Guitar
Kevin "Bo weevil" Giles Vocal/Keyboards
Ron Simpson Lead Guitar/Vocal
Hiram Broyls III, Vocal/Bass Guitar
Papa Iston Drum-Set/Vocal
Muntheru Shah, Drum Set/Percussions
This is The Original Roots Vibration Reggae Band established as a professional entertainment group in 1982. The Chicago based organization soon became the premier Roots & Culture Reggae Band of the mid-west.
Winner of Martin's Intercultural 11th Annual Chicago Reggae Awards "Most Cultural Entertainer" category in 1992. Also in 1990 the Award for "Best New Entertainer" at Martin's Intercultural 9th Annual Chicago Reggae Awards. Roots Vibration Reggae Band have been seen performing in Chicago at the Wild Hare or Exedus II International Lounge. Roots Vibration Reggae Band sharing the stage with other international performers such as: Sister Carol, the Meditations, Sugar Minot & The Abashanti Band, The Wailers (Bob Marley's original band from Jamaica), The Itals, Culture, Lucky Dube & Slave, and (the originator of Ska music) Roland Alphonso have proven themselves to a true premier Roots N' Culture Reggae attraction in America
Published on Jul 19, 2013 Tropical Addiction Series 2013 Reggae Wednesdays at the Dock