Published on Dec 23, 2013
From the album Purify (2013) by Hope Medford
of Medicine for the People
Dancers: Nielle Arnold, Justyn O’Neill, Rachel Hite-Smaka
Choreographer, Neille Arnold, created this dance to expresses the journey and struggle of a woman seeking her voice, and finding her power through the drum. It was performed live on stage at -SHEbeats- Hope’s CD release party in Minneapolis June 2013.
Hope has always been involved in the healing and creative arts, from visual arts and music, to sustainability education and community health.
The hand drummer for Medicine for the People, Hope has been playing percussion for almost twenty years. Her first teacher was Babatunde Olatunje, and she has studied with master drummers in West Africa, Peru and Brazil. She is honored to use indigenous instruments on a modern stage. Hope has also facilitated drum circles and taught rhythm classes to over 2,500 participants. Hope has been the percussionist for the tribal roots rock band, Medicine for the People (nahko.com) since 2008.