The Gift Of Rhythm

This amazing video sums up so much of what all of us 90’s Beat Obsessives who turned out our arts based on how we fed off rhythm have all felt in our hearts. It sums up what I feel like I learned and confirmed back in the day, hanging out with musicians, poets, artists, writers and performers — and, believe me, animators are performers too — all of whom were deeply respectful of the everyday nature of rhythm. Beginning with your own body, and in every nook and cranny of granular Reality.

Great artists like Quincy Jones, who I unexpectedly fell into working with at a time I needed some mentorship as a young creative. I’ll tell but please enjoy this short film first -Come on, Youtube…


Dedicated to the people of Baro.

Thomas Roebers and Floris Leeuwenberg – Please share.

The filmaker says: “Life has a rhythm, it’s constantly moving.
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.

By the brothers Thomas Roebers and Floris Leeuwenberg

Film crew during one month in Baro, Guinee Afrika.

Beautiful sound recording and sound design Bjorn Warning
Translator and Rhythm specialist Thomas Bonekamp

With special thanks to the chief:

DJEMBEFOLA |: Mansa Camio


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