Rasheed Ali | The Empty Vessel Speaks

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The Empty Vessel Speaks

by Rasheed Ali

This unique CD of Traditional African rhythms celebrates the haunting sound of gourd drums.
Genre: World: African
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1. The Invocation
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2. Water Drum
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3. The Singing Trees
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4. The Procession
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5. The Warriors Call
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6. Children's Song
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7. Voices in the Wind
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8. The Initiation
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9. The Dance Circle
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10. The Praise Singer
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11. The Royal Drummers
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12. The Prince's Wedding
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13. The Brotherhood
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14. The Elders Speak
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15. The Village Council
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16. Vigil for the Dead
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17. The Empty Vessel
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18. The Mask
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19. Voice of the Ancestor
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This solo project from Rasheed Ali (of Rain People) celebrates the Calabash or African Hard-Shelled Gourd. This sacred plant has given the world many icons of African Music
And culture. The Shekere, Bendere, Kora, Balafon, Mbira and Banjos are just some of the musical instruments that have utilized this utilitarian plant.


For Rasheed, this work satisfies a life-long dream of recording the traditional Caribbean rhythms of his childhood. Rooted in the Western region of the African continent, these rhythms represent the pulse of the arid Sahel to the tropical Gulf of Guinea.
In the creation of this recording, Rasheed used approximately 30 of his gourd drums. Each drum has its own subtle and delicate tone that creates a distinctly African voice.
When The Empty Vessel Speaks, its ancient voice will draw listeners into a mystical trance.


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Leigh Adams

I love this! I'm dancing at my computer!!
The Procession, be still my heart!!! I love it! The sampler of different songs is tantalizing and creates an exquisite and beckoning scene of a lusher version of life. Each track has something that lights me up, drums, balaphone, water drum, kalimba, shekere and oh so much more! Well done! I can't wait to get the CD!!!