“Life has a rhythm, it’s constantly moving.” Too often most musicians living in the United States don’t think about the functional side of music. This video, by Bjorn Warning and Thomas Bonenkamp, features a documentary filmed during one month in Baro, Guinee Afrika. According to the video’s description, “The word for rhythm (used by the Malinke tribes) is ‘Foli’. It is a word that encompasses so much more than drumming, dancing or sound. It’s found in every part of daily life. In this film you not only hear and feel rhythm but you see it. It’s an extraordinary blend of image and sound that feeds the senses and reminds us all how essential it is.”
Dr. Dave Gerhart, Product Manager, Percussion for Yamaha Corporation of America and Lecturer of Percussion at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU, Long Beach, is a nationally recognized performer, composer, and educator. Dr. Gerhart, originally from Fairfield, California, holds a D.M.A. from the University of Southern California, M.M. in Percussion Performance and Instrumental Conducting and a B.M. in Music Education from California State University, Long Beach.