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( Music ) is a means of union among people, indispensable for the life & progress

towards well-being of individuals and of humanity

– Leo Tolstoy.

Voices from the Nations

Karibu    E Komo Mai    Welcome   Välkommen   Welkom

Martin and Rebekah are musical wanderers who have a passion for creativity and storytelling. They learn from and link up with artists from around the globe. As they travel, they build friendships, and doors of creativity open forming distinctive musical opportunities.

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 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.

  

Voices from the Nations Charity –

together we can bring hope

through music

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Voices from the Nations Charity has been set up to enable us to help fund local initiatives, through the sales of CD’s and DVD’s. 100% of sales support these projects.

In Tanzania, VFTN partnered with the Wagogo people to help tell their story through music and video (Sing to the Well) and the sales from this project has funded digging a well, building a medical dispensary with solar power and supplying medicines when supplies from the government are low. There has also been a number of famine relief initiatives to help the village of Mnase during periods of drought.

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. Music sales (Garlands for Ashes) has helped with funds for housing needs.

In America and Canada we have partnered with many First Nations, to help tell their story through the medium of music and video. Listen to Wake Up Sleeping Giant.

Martin and his drumming exploits!

Mirë se vini   Chum reap sour   Namaste  Haere mai   ยินดีต้อนรับ

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

Front Cover - Wake Up

‘Wake Up Sleeping Giant’  is a new CD release from Jerry ‘Drumspeaker’  Chapman. Jerry is from the Stó:Lō nation and is a drummer, First Nations drum maker and designer, singer and songwriter.

Jerry Chapman – Vocals, drums
Powwow / Abba Drummers – Selitz family: Scott Albright,
Dan & Larita Lundy, Uncle Mike Darcy, Rebekah Borden.
Shekinah Youth Worship: Presley Tallbut, Israel Kennedy,
Ester Kennedy, Gideon Kennedy
Martin Neil – Drums and world percussion
Singers – Leslie Chapman, Rebekah Borden, Dan Lundy,
Mary-Beth Nickel, Joseph Tiwabear Bear, Martha Inuk Manza,
Gilbert Anthony Flores, Minerva Cassas Flores, Traci & Peter Winchester,
Carol Kiger-Rice, Paula Samson, Chris Johnson
Gang vocals – Longview WA Crew and San Diego CA Crew
Special thanks to Skawahlook Family, Kevin & Sonja Krieter
Recorded in Longview WA, Doug Wheeler’s Umbrella Recording Studio, Rainier OR, Siletz Reservation Parker Ranch and Sacred Ground Church OR, Ear Gallery Studio Los Angeles, San Diego CA, The Shed, Welshpool and Cumbria UK
Additional mixing – Kevin Penner, Kaua’i Hawai’i
Original Artwork – Dr. Suuqiina
Recorded, mixed and produced – Martin Neil

Latest Blog Posts

Martin’s Blog
Wake Up Sleeping Giant - We are excited to announce the release of ‘Wake Up Sleeping Giant‘. We met Jerry in a unique way whilst playing in Canada. I asked one of the organisers as...
Travel
Tonbak drum – Iran - A very interesting documentary about the young drummers in Iran, who are keeping the ancient tradition of tonbak (Persian drum) playing alive.
History of the Mi’kmaq percussive Ji’kmaqn and the Ko’jua chant - Having spent time with the Mi’kmaq I was fascinated to find this video about the ji’kmaqn, a uniquely made percussive shaker. In the past this instrument was illegal to use or own....
Instruments
Oud - I want to introduce you to an instrument that my friend Steve is learning to play as he spends 6 months of the year in Greece – and it is...
Fujara – the Shepherd’s flute - This unique instrument called the Fujara <foo-yah-rah> can be as tall as a man and was originally used by shepherds. It was played whilst tending their sheep in remote pastures in the...