Happy Independence Day!

July 4, 1776, marks the date that the forefathers of this country declared their independence from England by creating and signing a document cleverly called, "The Declaration of Independence".  

I'm not going to tell the history of how this country was built, but I will say that the humans who were forced to labor in North America were also forced to labor in many neighboring countries and islands in or near North and South America.

Captive Africans forced into a life of labor and repression in the name of commerce and growth in the new lands was common and widely accepted as ok. Luckily, despite the dreadful conditions, the beautiful heritage, culture, spirit, passion, and drive of the African people could not be enslaved.

Most countries that had slavery didn't have a problem with the captive humans continuing to practice their religion, play their music, and continue certain aspects of their culture from the motherland. (The US was not one of those countries. They stripped all rights and expression from the slaves for fear of losing control.)

Because of the small pieces of cultural freedom that existed in other places that had slavery, the rhythms of the African people began to merge with the music and rhythms of many cultures.

I'm not going to go into a huge historic ethnomusicology lesson here because you either already know the history, or can look it up if it interests you.

I am here to celebrate rhythm and to give thanks to all the people of the world throughout history who were called to embody the spirit of the groove. I believe that anyone who is blessed with a passion for rhythm is here to transcend borders, race, religion, and everything else that makes humans feel separate from one another.

Rhythm is a universal language that is so deep that it exists in completely unique ways everywhere on the planet. From konnakol to bembe to shuffles to guaguanco to bossa nova to bugaloo and on and on and on. 

Rhythm is what gives us freedom, and independence is what allows us to go deeper. 

I would like to give you a FREE LESSON on developing left foot clavé independence today. 


Cuban clavé has deep roots in African rhythm culture and is a great vehicle for rhythmic phrasing. We will be looking at the 2-3 Son Clavé.

This lesson is an introduction to left foot clavé combined with a series of accent patterns in the hands. These exercises will help you begin your journey into true independence.

Happy Practicing.

I wish you all freedom and total independence.



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