Drums United • Rhythm Dreams

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Drums United

What do Holland, Venezuela, Iran, Turkey, Surinam, Brazil and Senegal have in common? "Drums United"
A united musical force brought together rooted in passion,
a desire to share world customs and the musical power in the drum!
Imagine these unique cultures bonding to create excitement and love. To give you a view of peace through the language of music using the drum as their voice. You are about to enjoy a journey of what the positive future holds for the world. To be one...to share in our common goal of peace and respect. To feel together as one positive force.
Drums United will open your mind and your heart. You will move and groove to a higher vibration. Be prepared for the ride of your life.
Enjoy the rhythmical magic, the hypnotic music and the need to tap to a higher spiritual power. You will hear many different drumming instruments and feel many cultural rhythms.
Drums United not only unites the drum... they united us all.
I recently heard Drums United in China and the reaction was amazing. It made me remember the many times I met Lucas and how dedicated he has always been to share high quality music.
The power of the drum has never been showcased or delivered with so much fun. This will take you from joy... to overjoyed!
Countries United... Rhythms United... Love United with Drums United.
Enjoy the ride...

Dom Famularo
Drumming’s Global Ambassador
(Liner notes written during DU concert in Tianjin, China)

credits

released December 3, 2015

Lucas van Merwijk • Drums and percussion
Simone Sou • Brazilian percussion
Alper Kekeç • Oriental percussion (Darbuka, Aski Davul, Bendir and Nagara) Moussé Pathé • African percussion
Afra Mussawisadeh • Oriental percussion (Tavil, Kanjira)
Marco Toro • Latin percussion (Tambor Campana, Conga’s)
Gianna Tam • Vocals and percussion

Lucas van Merwijk plays Pearl Drums, Pearl Percussion, Zildjian Cymbals, Zildjian Sticks and Remo Drumheads exclusively.
Marco Toro plays Pearl Drums, Pearl Percussion, Zildjian Cymbals, Zildjian Sticks and Evans Drumheads exclusively.
Bulu Viloria plays LP Latin Percussion.
Tam Tam Studio and Drums United use Dap Audio Microphones.

Thanks to: everybody at Pearl Europe, John van der Meulen, everybody at Pearl Japan (Max
Ishi), everybody at Hoshino Benelux Zildjian Cymbals (Tina Clarke, Jeroen Bakx) Everybody at Remo Drumheads (Gabriel Laurens), Dap Audio HighLite (Ton Meissen) NFPK, OCW for tour funding.

Simone Sou: ‘I want to thank my mama Nilde Mendes for giving me life and love, my love Oleg Fateev for all support he gives me and Olaf Keus for introducing me to Lucas van Merwijk’.
Thanks to former DU bandmember Mathias Holzner for his contributions to Latora4Brazos and Seven Hills.
Drums United likes to thank Roosje den Hertog for her warm and positive energy and great organizing skills.
Photography by Daniel Patriasz.
Graphic design by Marcel Willemsen (Keijser 18 Mediaproducties).

Special thanks to Dom Famularo for his never ending positive energy and for writing inspirational liner notes.

Recorded, mixed and mastered at Tam Tam Studio, Baarn, The Netherlands by Juan 'Bulu' Viloria.
Edited at Tam Tam Studio by Lucas van Merwijk.

Track info
• O Coro Come (S. Sou)

Lyrics: Ah, eu vou contar eu vou contar! Ah, eu vou contar eu vou contar!
Ah, nessa embolada em vou contar
7 tambores pelo mundo, cada um do seu lugar
Drums United juntou, e misturou pra combinar
Bongo, campana, guiro, timbal, djembe e zabumba
Batera, timbale, darbuka, conga, pandeiro e sabar
A terra eh o tambor, todo mundo vai tocar
Eh na ginga da pisada o gringo vai querer dancar
Ah, vou batucar vou batucar! Ah, vou batucar vou batucar!
Holanda, Senegal, Brasil, Turquia Ira e Suriname,
Venezuela bate forte na campana,
O Coro Come! O Coro Come O Coro Come

• Guasacaca (M. Toro)
Guasacaca is a traditional Venezuelan sauce. Composition is inspired by the Afro-Venezuelan music around the coast of Venezuela like Sangueo, Tamborito, Tamborera, Gaita Zuliana, Tambor Mina, Tambores de San Millan, Malembe, Tambor Quichimba, Parranda, Tambor de Guatire & Chimbangle.

• Tun Tun (Van Merwijk/Viloria)
This is a Boogaloo, or a ‘Latin Soul groove’ and is featuring Drums United’s studio and live soundtechnician and percussionist Juan
‘Bulu’ Viloria on the conga’s in descarga with Lucas on the timbales. Instruments: conga’s, timbales, drumset and various latin percussion instruments. Vocals Gianna Tam, programming Lucas van Merwijk.

• Tavilar (Mussawisadeh)
a mix of north indian bhangra, light-classical music and south Indian karnatic music. Instruments: tavil and kanjira, which are South-Indian instruments and samples and drumset

• Ginga (S. Sou)
Composition in the Brazilian rhythmical genre called samba batucada. Instruments: Tambourins, Cuica, Repinique, Conga, Agogo, Apito, Surdos, drumset.

• Dokuz Sekiz (A. Kekeç)
Dokuz Sekiz means 9/8. This is the one of the popular gypsy dance beats in East Europa and Anatolia. They say that mentioning the words ‘Dokuz Seki’ alone will be enough to have anyone in that area start
to dance already. Instruments: darbuka, drumset, tom/snare setups, Taiko drums.

• Deggo (Mbaye)
The national drum of Senegal is the sabar drum. Deggo, which means meeting or gathering in the Wolof language, is a composition based on the unique Senegalese Mbalax rhythm and was written by Mousé Pathé from Dakar. Instruments: sabar, drumset, tom/snare set ups, Taiko drums, vocals, samples.

• Cajon (X. Turull)
Composition for cajón in buleria rhythm (12/8) by the great Xavi Turull of the famous Spanish group Ojos de Brujo.

• Seven Hills (Van Merwijk/Holzner/M. Ahmed)
A piece in 9/4 composed in the period Lucas van Merwijk spent some
time in Istanbul with the great Darbuka pioneer Misirli Ahmed. Misirli performed some shows with the band in The Netherlands and Turkey and this composition was named after Istanbul, the city on the seven hills. On this recording it features Alper Kekeç on the darbuka. Instruments: darbuka, drumset, tom/snare setups, Taiko drums, samples by Mathias Holzner.

• Treme Terra (S. Sou)
Composition in the rhythmical genre called Aguere. ‘Toque’ (pattern) played to Iansa, goddess of the wind and storm in Afro-Brazilan mythology. Instruments: berimbau, meditation bowl, pans, repinique, surdo. Vocals Simone Sou.
Lyrics: Vento forte bateu, foi Iansa que chegou
Ventania chamou Xango!
Iansa recebeu os trovoes de Xango
Na pedreira tocou tambor!

• Belwela (Mussawisadeh)
Composition inspired by north-African music. Instruments: krakabs, bendirs, tom-snare, drumset and samples.

• O Coro Come (S.Sou)
Composition in the rhythmical genre called Coco de Embolada from the northeast of Brazil with Brazilian rap by Simone Sou. Instruments: Pandeiro, snare/floortom, ganza, triangle, agogo, drumset.
Lyrics: Ah, eu vou contar eu vou contar! Ah, eu vou contar eu vou contar!
Ah, nessa embolada em vou contar
7 tambores pelo mundo, cada um do seu lugar
Drums United juntou, e misturou pra combinar
Bongo, campana, guiro, timbal, djembe e zabumba
Batera, timbale, darbuka, conga, pandeiro e sabar
A terra eh o tambor, todo mundo vai tocar
Eh na ginga da pisada o gringo vai querer dancar
Ah, vou batucar vou batucar! Ah, vou batucar vou batucar!
Holanda, Senegal, Brasil, Turquia Ira e Suriname,
Venezuela bate forte na campana,
O Coro Come! O Coro Come O Coro Come

• Reina Pepiada (Toro)
The title of this piece comes from a traditional Venezuelan dish
which makes food and music the best combination. Inspired by the Afro-Venezuelan music around the coast of Venezuela like Sangueo, Tamborito, Tamborera, Gaita Zuliana, Tambor Mina, Tambores de San Millan, Malembe, Tambor Quichimba, Parranda, Tambor de Guatire & Chimbangle. Instruments: tambor campana, drumset, tamborins.

• Remembering BCM (Mussawisadeh)
Composition inspired by karnatic rhytmical composition concepts. Instruments are kanjira, conga’s, darbuka, drumset samples and percussion.

• Latora4Brazos (Van Merwijk)
This world trance dance composition is a typical Drums United piece mixing African, Latin and oriental percussion instruments. It was named after the famous underground nightclub Latora4Brazos in Bogota, Colombia. Instruments: sabar, drumset, tom/snare set ups, Taiko drums, tambor campana, darbuka, vocals, cuica, shakers, samples, brazilian timbal, timbales. Vocals: Gianna Tam. Programming: Lucas van Merwijk.

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Lucas van Merwijk Netherlands

Drummer Lucas van Merwijk has been at the forefront of the European percussion scene for over 25 years.
He was elected 'Best Jazz Drummer & Fusion Drummer' in the Benelux countries by the readers De Slagwerkkrant many times between 1993 and 2015.
Jazzprofiles.com:
‘one of the great drummers of our time.He lays down so much good stuff that even the eyes of a trained drummer can't catch it all’
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