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Talk about Mickey Hart's Global Drum Project project here.


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marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007

I don't see Mickey complaining about somebody talking about drum circles. Go for it.

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Joined: Dec 15 2014

This seems to be a slow thread...Drums...hand drums...drum circles. Djembes, a fire, a bunch of people. Sometimes it's just noise. Good noise, but noise. Sometimes everyone drumming are totally connected to the same groove...all at the same time and it's amazing.
I miss drum circles, haven't been to one in awhile...

Sorry, this has nothing to do with Mickey...I'm just a rebel I guess.

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Joined: Jul 29 2009
Finally getting some love

i just heard that Mickey is going to cross the border and play a free show in my hometown of Hamilton at the Festival of Friends. A friend and I will be making the 5 hour trip from Sudbury. I've been jonesin' since 93. He will be closing out the festival Sunday August 11. Thanks Mick. It's been waayyyy too long.

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marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007
drive safe!

hope it was great!

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Joined: Oct 25 2008
mickey hart

im goin to see mickey hart band tomorrow night 1-21-2012 i'll let you know now it was,i;m all exicted to get out and see a show,it's snowin now at my house in truckee ca
and we'll be seein mickey at the crystal bay club in north tahoe in a snow storm,,i hope later deadheads,,,moses

Joined: Jun 5 2007
Baba's "lyrics" on the Global Drum Project Disc

It's my understanding that Baba isn't actually "saying" anything. Mickey used bits and pieces of Baba "vocalizing" in the studio; these bits and pieces were just sort of laying around in Mickey's archive, left over from earlier recording projects (I'm guessing they were from the first two Planet Drum sessions in the early 90s the "Supralingua" sessions, maybe the KODO release, "Mondo Head," that Mickey produced, that sort of thing). Mickey apparently pieced these snippets together and built a song around them.

Joined: Feb 23 2009
Babatunde's lyrics on Global Drum

Sure am hopeful to hear from someone on finding an english translation of babatunde's lyrics on "Baba" -- the first track of Global Drum.

I've been singing along for so long... please assist me in knowing the greatness i've been repeating with the master!!! Please send me a message if you have any suggestions.

Thanks so much,

:0) ~pamela

Joined: Oct 1 2008
Global Drum Project Coming to San Diego 10/10/08!!

Global Drum Project at The Birch North Park Theatre in San Diego
Friday, October 10th at 7:30pm

Event Advanced Sale Price: $40.00 Gold Circle, $30.00 Reserved
Event Day of Show Price:$43.00 Gold Circle, $33.00 Reserved
*$3.00 Birch North Park Theatre Restoration Fee is already included in the ticket price
A convenience charge of $6.00 per order is charged for all internet & phone orders.
No convenience charge will be added if tickets are purchased in person at the Box Office Tuesday-Friday, 12-4.
The GLOBAL DRUM PROJECT Tour brings Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, Sikiru Adepoju, and Giovanni Hidalgo together again in a reunion sparked by the 15th anniversary of the ground-breaking album Planet Drum. Released in 1991 on the Rykodisc label it went on to earn the first-ever Grammy Award in the World Music category. The tour is the groups first in almost a decade. It also marks the resumption of an artistic relationship - between Mickey Hart and Zakir Hussain - that goes back to the late 1960s.
For Hart, this reunion is an opportunity to take Planet Drum into new places. "This is a deep drumming groove. We're taking the archaic rhythm worlds into outer space. Planet Drum explores rhythm and noise…it's a sound yoga of processed acoustic percussion headed straight for the trance zone that becomes a dance of ancient and modern worlds. Deep drumming is a skeleton key into these realms."
In 1968, Mickey Hart was the percussionist for a band called the Grateful Dead. Ever-curious, he met Hussain's father, Allah Rakha (Ravi Shankar's tabla player), and became his part-time student, bringing Indian percussion ideas to rock and roll. It was a seminal encounter. In the 1970s, Allah Rakha gave Hart what he called his greatest gift - his son, Zakir Hussain, who went on to succeed his father (Allah Rakha passed on in 2000) as the world's preeminent tabla player.
Hart and Hussain's musical relationship first emerged into the public eye in 1976 with the Diga Rhythm Band, a collaborationof percussionists (most of whom were students at the Ali Akbar Khan School of Music) that was, Hart said, an American version of a gamelan. After opening for a Jefferson Starship concert at San Francisco's famed Winterland, they recorded Diga, which included the tune "Happiness is Drumming," which evolved into the Hart tune "Fire on the Mountain," a staple for the Dead, Other Ones, and Planet Drum.
Later in the 1970s Hart organized the "Rhythm Devils," a percussion group that included his fellow Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann and Michael Hinton, among others, to record the percussion sound track to Francis Coppola's Apocalypse Now. Soon after, in the early '80s, Hart collaborated with Airto Moreira and Flora Purim on Dafos.
By then, he'd begun an in-depth investigation into the sociocultural history of percussion, which resulted in two books - a memoir, Drumming At the Edge of Magic, and then a pictorial history, Planet Drum. Alongside the book came the CD, and perhaps the greatest summit meeting of percussionists the world has ever known. All of them were legendary.
The elder was the late Babatunde Olatunji ("Drums of Passion") from Nigeria, the man who introduced African drumming into popular American sensibilities, along with his protégé and aesthetic heir, Sikiru Adepoju (whose specialty is the talking drum), also of Nigeria. From Brazil came Airto Moreira and Flora Purim, of Miles Davis' Bitches Brew fame. One of the great Latin percussionists of all time, Giovanni Hidalgo, brought in the flavor of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Finally, Zakir Hussain (and his associate T.H. "Vikku" Vinayakram) blended in the magical sounds of classical India.
The CD was a critical and popular smash, as were the book and the tour. And now, 15 years later, with each of the four - Hart, Hussain, Adepoju, and Hidalgo - at the height of their creative powers, it's time to invoke the percussion gods again.

Joined: Oct 1 2008
Global Drum Project

Global Drum Project will be performing in San Diego on Friday, October 10, 2008 at 7:30 pm at the Birch North Park Theatre, located at 2891 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104.
Advanced Tickets are $30 and $40

Please help us get the word out--this is sure to be a fantastic concert. If anyone who sees this notice is able to post a new forum topic on the main page, we'd be eternally grateful if you could post this information.

I can't seem to post a new forum topic on the main page which is why I am commenting here. Thank you!


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