We have chosen the theme Rhythms and Revolution for the GUYO autumn programme partly as a contribution to Rich Mix’s programme throughout 2017 commemorating the Russian revolution, but also for wholly musical reasons...
Drums and drumming have always been associated with insurgency, a means of gaining attention and gathering momentum; but rhythm can also be more subtly subversive. ..
In their masterclasses, Ghanaian master-drummer Abass Dodoo reminded us how Africans communicated secretly under the very noses of colonial rulers, and candomble/marakatu specialist Ricardo Axe of how in northeast Brazil - and indeed throughout South America, the Caribbean and Cuba - slaves kept their old traditions, customs and religions alive through music from their native Africa; and this also eventually gave birth to jazz, the most revolutionary music of all, with its additional emphasis on improvisation.
In fact, throughout musical history – even in European classical music – rhythm has often been the driver of change, whether musical, cultural, social or political.