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Ceremonial Gong

Ceremonial Gongs

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In a world filled with everyday symphonies, ceremonial gongs rise above, ready to steal the spotlight with their resounding choral charisma!

Ceremonial gongs, are majestic metal marvels, transcending time and culture, finding their place in rituals, celebrations and meditative practices.

Envisage a shimmering disc suspended in time awaiting the gentle touch of the mallet. With a strike it brightly awakens sending ripples of harmonious vibration through the air. Ceremonial gongs invite our body, mind and spirit to dance with the rhythm of history. While the waves wash over, we are reminded of our playful spirit waiting to be unleashed.

Each ceremonial gong is designed to tune into a specific chakra point on the body, and align the energy while played. Our traditional gongs are hand hammered from a special 5-metal alloy. Different notes are created by striking different points on the gong. The harder a gong is played, the more its surface is activated, resulting in the whole surface loudly resonating with many layers of reverberation.

Some practitioners believe certain frequencies can focus on specific areas of the body, contributing to the healing of certain ailments. If you want to target specific chakras, choose a gong based on its tonal frequencies.

Is there a gong that resonates with you?

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You can also visit our sister site for more traditional sound healing instruments here

New Drumming Classes

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New African Drumming Classes

You can join us for new African Drumming classes in-person and Online.

Diversify your skillset and spice up your week with drumming classes. Music connects us in profound ways and is a bridge that links us harmoniously.

A great way to connect your heart and mind, destress, reset and energise yourself!
Drumming class is a great way to socialize and make new friends in a relaxed environment.

🪘Beginners Djembe

🪘Intermediate Djembe

🪘Middle Eastern Percussion

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The Benefits of Drumming

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Drumming is good for you & your health!

We’re still buzzing from our awesome Summer Tribalism event in December. It was so much fun seeing everyone perform and jam together.

Did you know?

“West African drumming as a ‘shared energy’ experience has the power to positively impact participants’ lives, fostering cross-cultural understanding.
Exploring another culture helps to dispel myths and encourages discussion that may promote cultural diversity and respect in a multicultural Australia.” 🪘🇲🇱🇦🇺
This research article was written after a study that was conducted at one of our annual drumming retreats in Victoria.
New classes for 2023 start next week on the 16th of January.
Head here to book your spot 👇🏽

BBC: Moving to the rhythm ‘can help language skills’

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From BBC

Moving in time to a steady beat is closely linked to better language skills, a study suggests.

People who performed better on rhythmic tests also showed enhanced neural responses to speech sounds.

The researchers suggest that practising music could improve other skills, particularly reading.

In the Journal of Neuroscience, the authors argue that rhythm is an integral part of language.

“We know that moving to a steady beat is a fundamental skill not only for music performance but one that has been linked to language skills,” said Nina Kraus, of the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory at Northwestern University in Illinois.

More than 100 teenagers were asked to tap their fingers along to a beat. Their accuracy was measured by how closely their responses matched the timing of a metronome.

Next, in order to understand the biological basis of rhythmic ability, the team also measured the brainwaves of their participants with electrodes, a technique called electroencephalography. This was to observe the electrical activity in the brain in response to sound.

Electroencephalography Those with musical training had enhanced brain responses to speech sounds

Using this biological approach, the researchers found that those who had better musical training also had enhanced neural responses to speech sounds. In poorer readers this response was diminished.

‘Neural jitter’

“It turns out that kids who are poor readers have a lot of difficulty doing this motor task and following the beat. In both speech and music, rhythm provides a temporal map with signposts to the most likely locations of meaningful input,” Prof Kraus told BBC News.

The brainwaves recorded matched the soundwaves, she said. “You can even take the recorded brainwave and play it back through your speaker and it will sound like the soundwave.

“It seems that the same ingredients that are important for reading are strengthened with musical experience. Musicians have highly consistent auditory-neural responses.

“It may be that musical training – with its emphasis on rhythmic skills – can exercise the auditory-system, leading to less neural jitter and stronger sound-to-meaning associations that are so essential for learning to read,” added Prof Kraus

John Iversen of the University of California in San Diego studies how the brain processes music. He was not involved with the research but agreed that musical training could have important impacts on the brain.

“This study adds another piece to the puzzle in the emerging story suggesting that musical-rhythmic abilities are correlated with improved performance in non-music areas, particularly language,” he said.