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Martin Neil

Bringing people together

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A powerful coming together of people’s in song! 3000 from different backgrounds, singing in 3 languages – come together in Haifa to sing of a hope for the future.

Lyrics – Sometimes I lay under the moon, And thank God I’m breathing, Then I pray, Don’t take me soon, ‘Cause I am here for a reason, Sometimes in my tears I drown, But I never let it get me down, So when negativity surrounds, I know some day it’ll all turn around because ….

Preparing for an evening of drums

The Heartbeat of Music

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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 in many shapes and sizes, the drum provides the foundation to most traditional and modern day music.

For over 4,000 years drums have been used in many diverse situations, e.g. in religious celebrations, for sending signals or messages, on the battlefield during the Civil War, to help African slaves overcome the boredom of hard monotonous work, storytelling in China, carnivals in Brazil, healing, dancing, and entertainment. Read More

Garlands Digital

The Garlands for Ashes story

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A CD & DVD package
from Cambodia

Garlands for Ashes tells the story of a community of children in Phnom Penh rescued from unimaginable situations, who are nurtured back to life, given a home, hope and an artistic voice. Recorded in Phnom Penh and the Mekong delta in Cambodia this package of CD and DVD will take you to the very heart of the Cambodian Christian Arts school so that you can experience in video and pictures, sounds, songs and dances, the Khmer people of Cambodia. This blog tells the unfolding story of our partnership with this amazing community. Read More

Virtual Drum Jam

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Drummer John Hendrickson from Kansas City took a drum idea I had captured on video and played his own wonderful part to the original groove. During this season of ‘being home’ it is exciting to see the incredible creative ideas that the internet allows us.

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Asia

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History for some reason defined the continent of Asia as east of a line joining the Urals with the Caucasus and the Black Sea. The incredible thing about this amazing landmass, is its enormous diversity in land, climate and people. Its music stretches back for over 3000 years and can be quite a stretch for Western ears, not just in the sounds, but in the philosophy behind it. And what incredible sounds, from the percussion based classical music of Thailand, Tuvan throat singers in Mongolia, Indonesian pop bands, the poetry of the Arab world to Ravi Shankar’s sitar music that influenced so many in the 1960’s. Read More