I have had the opportunity here in Phoenix with local ensembles and dancers and as tour guide in the Musical Instrument Museum to witness elements of ethnomusicology that traces the roots of music and dance integration in early indigenous village communities, as in Africa, with more functional fusions of health, fitness, work, entertainment and spirit, now percolating through our modern segmented society as for example, drum circles, ethnic ensembles and fitness dancing.
My desire is to investigate integrating those elements of music and dance back to their roots that best promote health, fitness and spirit for current times. I would be happy to entertain “partners” in this project.
— David Hale, World Percussion and Electronic Music Composition
“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.” (FOLI (there is no movement without rhythm) original version by Thomas Roebers and Floris Leeuwenberg, (2010, October 25).
Retrieved October 14, 2017,
Watch the amazing video > FOLI from https://youtu.be/lVPLIuBy9CY)
Applied Cognition and Neuroscience, University of Texas, Dallas
Anatomy and Physiology, Richland Community College, Dallas
Recreation Therapy Program, University of North Texas
Paradise Valley Community College, Phoenix: Intercultural Communication, Electronic Music in progress, Latin Percussion in progress, Spring: Rhythmic Awareness Dance, Exercise Physiology
View My > wellness-balance-diagram. A simple thought visualization of the health music and dance spectrum.
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