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Layne Redmond - Dreaming Awake the Gods/Goddess of Brazil/

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A special show interviewing Layne Redmond's project, Axe' Arixa: Dreaming Awake the Gods and Goddesses of Brazil, an illuminated film transmitting the dance, drumming and chants of the Orixas and their living presence in modern Brazilian culture.

the tradition of candomble preserves the ancient role of powerful priestesses along with priests in service to both goddesses and gods.  The most oldest terreiros, spiritual complexes, in Bahia, Brazil are headed by priestesses.

The music of the entire world has been invluenced by the music of Africa, yet the African religious traditions that created the source of this are suppressed and not recognized in the same way that other religious traditions are.  In the US it was stamped out as voodoo and devil worship, even as the rhythmic and remodic structures became the roots of jazz, funk, rock, rhythm and blues, and formed the heart of popular dance.  What would our lives  be without these rhythms?  Hear some here tonigh!

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