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The Global Drum Project by Mickey Hart

For all you drummers and percussionists out there, you will love this. After the 1991 release of the Grammy Award winning album Planet Drum, the legendary drummer Mickey Hart (best known as one of the two drummers from the rock band the Grateful Dead) and his old crew is again in a reunion sparked by the 15th anniversary of the ground-breaking album Planet Drum. They have recently released a new album called the Global Drum Project, and took home the Best Contemporary World Music Album at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards on February 9th, 2009.

The group brings together Indian tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain, Nigerian talking drum ace Sikiru Adepoju, and Puerto Rico’s master conguero Giovanni Hidalgo, among others. According to Hart, “This is a deep drumming groove. We’re taking the archaic rhythm worlds into outer space. The Global Drum Project explores rhythm and noise; it’s a sound yoga of processed acoustic percussion headed straight for the trance zone that becomes a dance of ancient and modern worlds. Deep drumming is a skeleton key into these realms.”

Watch the video below by the National Geographic Geo Sessions to get a taste of the Global Drum Project:

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