In my more than 30 years as a new age music journalist and reviewer, I’ve seen and written about a number of albums specifically created to attune the energy centers or chakras of the body and spirit. However, God of Drum by Kari Hohne, who records under the name of Get Tribal, is certainly one of the most unique. She describes the album as “a collection of percussion-based tribal music inspired by the thunder deities of world mythology.” According to Kari: “Each track was composed based on an archetype and shamanic drumming pattern from different parts of the world.” These reflect Native American, Celtic, Chinese, Norse, African, Mayan, and more. As can be expected, there is a broad spectrum of ethnic instruments, while her parallel interest in electronic music brings in synthesizers, samplers, and other contemporary sounds. Although meditation music is generally soft and soothing, Kari purposely sought to unlock energy.
While there is a lot of metaphysics behind the music, and it can be helpful or interesting to know, ultimately it’s also fine to just press “play” and go with the flow. The album is a spirited multi-cultural musical experience that anyone can enjoy and groove to. But at its heart, “God of Drum” by Get Tribal is a powerful musical tool for unlocking energy to create harmony and balance. Her extensive research into archetypes, mythology, and shamanic studies is particularly evident in the music heard on the album. The emphasis on earthy rhythms and world music influences make this one of the most notable offerings in this particular genre. A lot of vision and creativity went into sonically designing each track, and it shows. For me, this album was a pleasant surprise, and one I’d recommend in a heartbeat.
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- Label: Kismetech
- Copyright: 2013 Get Tribal
- Total Length: 34:20
- ASIN: B00D01DG8Y
- Customer Reviews: 7 customer ratings
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,320 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)