“ ( Music ) is a means of union among people, indispensable for the life & progress towards well-being of individuals and of humanity. ”

- Tolstoy


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Voices from the Nations aims to celebrate music from around the world, encouraging its incredible diversity and discovering the stories that help us understand the unique melodies and sounds. Over the years we have partnered with a variety of peoples within various ethnicities to help create and support special projects. Each one seeks to promote music from different cultures, traditional storytelling and collaborations, some that bring ancient sounds and modern styles together, producing a distinctive new sound.

This web site is a place where we share these adventures and stories, learning from the multiplicity of musical expressions that have been gifted to every tribe and every nation.

Voices from the Nations have also set up a charity. We have been able to help fund local initiatives, famine relief, building a medical dispensary, solar panels etc. through the sales of CD’s and DVD’s. 100% of sales from these projects support the artist’s villages and communities.


Martin and Rebekah

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Martin and Rebekah have a passion for creativity and storytelling. They are wanderers, learning from and linking up with artists from across the globe. As they travel, building friendships along the way, doors of creativity open and distinctive musical opportunities are formed.

In Hawai’i and New Zealand joint musical ventures between the people of the land and the incoming people has encouraged unity.

In Tanzania, working with the Wagogo people to help tell their story through music and video has funded digging a well and building a medical dispensary with solar power.

In Cambodia, we have built a relationship with an organization that provides both home and a school of the Arts for children who have been abandoned.

Martin and his drumming exploits!

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Martin Neil is a drummer, percussionist and producer. On his travels, he has had amazing opportunities to sit with and learn from master drummers in the Americas, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. This has encouraged him to incorporate authentic indigenous rhythms and sounds into his performances. The tuelle (slit drums from Tahiti), Anklungs (bamboo shakers from Indonesia, kutirindingo (Mandinka drum from the Gambia), tama (talking drum from Nigeria) and the Native American flute are some of the many instruments that find a place in Martin’s “world beat” musical tapestry.

As Martin’s career has developed and grown his interest in other cultures hasn’t just broadened his musical vocabulary as a drummer, it has also opened up a whole world of fascinating projects to him. Martin has used his skills to bring together musicians from different races, creeds and colours to help bring about reconciliation, recognising the huge power that music has to influence the wider community. He has also seen, in many situations, how music can bring hope to the hopeless and a sense of routes and identity to those lost in the melee of situations beyond their control. All this has given him an incredible drive and enthusiasm for his playing and a depth of understanding of the impact of rhythm and sound that goes beyond any normal performance situation. He’s often heard saying with deep gratitude and laughter “I have the best job in the world!”….and maybe…. he has.

Latest  Music from the Nations

The latest collaboration with Mark Riley from the island of Kaua’i. The Hawaiian islands are now a melting pot of different people’s with unique styles and sounds. This collection of songs mixes some of these diverse components – rock, rap, country, and Jawaiian (a mix of Hawaiian and reggae).

Latest Blog Posts

Martin’s Blog
Drums and Chants - Sitting chatting and listening to You Tube clips from around the world with our friends Martha (Inuit) and Joseph (Pueblo). They showed me this wonderful clip from the Inuvik Region of...
Music and the Brain - Remember reading a book written by Daniel J. Levitin, a rock musician who turned his attention to cognitive neuroscience. This clip ventures down the same paths to try and explain some...
Chipmunk Big Bear CA The Americas - Having travelled to 48 of the 50 states in North America, I have realised the amazing diversity amongst its people. In fact  the Americas (North and South) are home to over...
Pasadena Pow Wow - The high pitched chant and the sound of the drum filled the arena, as tribes from California slowly filled the sacred circle (a space that had been blessed) in reverence...
DSC01871 Europe - When I fly back from other parts of the world to Europe, you are blinded by the colour of the land – green! The stories of our land and culture...
Preparing for an evening of drums The Heartbeat of Music - The drum is one of the oldest known musical instruments, being played in various forms by nearly every people group in the world, producing a huge variety of sounds fashioned...
Drum Song - A moment of spontaneous drum music during a gathering at the Santa Ynez reservation in California. The two voices are a male Pueblo Indian chant and a female voice singing...
Chumash percussion - The Chumash from Santa Barbara used different shakers as percussive instruments for keeping time – here’s a split-stick rattle (wansaq’), and they also used deer toe rattles and clam shell rattles (clam...