In the above video Xavier shares the West African rhythm, Soli, which is a rhythm played for initiation rituals inaugurating a boy’s passage into manhood.
Initiation is a specialized type of ritual activity important for the same reasons myth is important: providing controlled access to numinous energies and guidance to effective use of archetypal patterns. There is a vast and ancient tradition of initiation the world over. Tribal societies from time immemorial have used rites of passage events in order to mark the movement from one phase of life into the next.
In Africa, rhythm is an important feature of daily life. It is also experienced as an expression of the elemental energies of the worlds of nature and spirit. West Africans of the Malinke culture and their predecessors have played specific rhythms for thousands of years to accompany, underscore, and perpetuate various aspects of life.
Music is often used in ceremonies and celebrations, wherein musical pieces are danced and played with drums and other instruments. These occasions mark the progression of people’s lives from birth to death and instances in between, such as initiations and rites of passage for youth, warriors, numerous guilds, and societal sub-groups.
In the above video, Xavier plays the ceremonial rhythm for the Moribayassa, a sacred rite of passage for West African women who have endured and emerged from a challenging circumstance or life storm, such as infertility or grave illness. The women dance in celebration and deep gratitude to their deity, Moriba Yassa. Through ritualized power of drumming and ceremonial theater, these dancers harness rhythm, vibration, and collective energy to produce alchemical magic and initiation.
In this thought-provoking video, Xavier takes us on an inspiring journey into the heart of the “Dark Mother”—the primal, creative force that is life, death, and the Great Mystery.
Xavier speaks to the complexities of patriarchy and masculine domination in our society, rooted in the insecurity and fear of the feminine.
The key to our collective transformation lies in surrendering to the mysteries of the creative, imaginative space within us all. Instead of relying solely on intellect and Western technology, we must embrace the wisdom of our common ancestry, rooted in indigenous cultures and practices.
Watch the video and unlock the transformative power of the dark feminine, and her place in our individual and planetary healing, unification, and a reawakening of human consciousness.
Original Music created by Xavier Eikerenkoetter & Mars Lasar – Star Tribe productions ©2023