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ジャンベと大地/Djembe and the earth

ジャンベを叩き始めるのは皆早い時期で、アクセサリーのような習い事として叩く訳じゃない。その音やリズムには、個人の文化や生活が詰まってる。一人一人の人生を音楽の中で感じる。

People start playing djembe young. They don't play it to make them look cool, but they just play it to play. In the rhythm or sounds each person creates, you can see the person himself or piece of his life. 

 

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Draman, my first Djembe teacher in BF.


文化や宗教は、定着してそこにあるのがほとんどで、それが選択であったという人は少数派だろうと思う。それはもう身体の深くと結びつき、その人そのものとなる。幼少期からふれる音楽はその文化の大きな部分を占めていて、その人自身とリンクする。だから、おもしろい。

In most cases, things like cultures or religions must have been already there in the places one has grown up. One wouldn't choose one's culture. And for the majority, his religion may be already in the culture but may not have been a personal choice. Things that one has started since childhood are some big parts of the person himself, and are intergraded into his culture. Music becomes the person himself, or himself becomes the music.

 

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in Pable


私のそれは、水の音なんだろうか。自身が創り出す音楽、というよりは、いつもそこにあったもの。私は13歳まで、結構毎日水の中にいた。だから、舞踏のクラスで水をやると、心地よかったのか。

For me, maybe that would be sounds of water. The sounds that have always been around me were sounds of water. It's true that I trust water and loved BEING water in some Butoh classes.

 

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in Pable


アフリカ大陸は、生命の起源だろうか。ここに来ないといけないと感じた直感は、アフリカのどこか(あるいは全体か)のアートには神々が当たり前に存在するという話を聞いたせいもあっただろう。

I wonder if the continent of Africa is the origin of life. I've heard that in some traditional African arts, there are depictions of gods as if people have really seen them or lived with them, but at the same time their gods are not human like but very spiritual. That's surely one of the reasons of what had dragged my attention to here. 

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in Pable

アートとは、その生命そのものであり、普通にそこにあるものなんじゃないかって、ニューヨークで感じてた。アーティストのためのアート、作品としてのアート、なんかもっともっと、生命そのものがそこにあれば、いいなーと、思ってたんだ。強い生命力みたいなものは真実に近くて、それがあるのはここだって思ったので、ここに来て、そして真剣にジャンベをたたいている。

What are arts? Maybe they are something like LIFE itself, which just naturally exist in the nature, so maybe one wouldn't create an art but oneself is consisted with many possible molecules of arts. I need to experience living in the reality, somewhere closer to the earth, under the natural climate, with the people who truly are living, and deceasing. I am looking for some truth, it's hard to explain what it is because I haven't found it yet, but my instinct said that something exists here, so, I came here and I play djembe.

 

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Zoumana, my second teacher of djembe in BF