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by Dhamaru

This self titled CD release contains music that has deep bows to the African, Latin American and Indian classical traditions as well as the natural western influences of rock and jazz. The mood ranges from meditative to uplifting & ecstatic.
Genre: World: World Beat
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Mantra Dance
8:30 album only
2. Jhumti Chali Hawa
5:44 album only
3. Door of my Heart
6:44 album only
4. White Cosmic Dog (feat. Bill Smith)
3:34 album only
5. Bronze Age (feat. Bill Smith)
2:47 album only
6. Sara's Chant (feat. Becca Stevens)
7:08 album only
7. W.S.R.
5:17 album only
8. African Iris
5:33 album only
9. A Day out of Time
3:55 album only
10. Anahata
7:42 album only


Album Notes
Dhamaru's first self titled CD release is a mix of ancient rhythms, acoustic and electric sounds, and stirring mantras with modern flavors. The disc varies in intensity to create a unique inspirational experience which will delight any fan of world music or enhance any yoga or spiritual practice.

Dhamaru features Chuck Wood on djembe, congas, berimbau & percussion and Colin Allured on guitars, sarode, vocals & percussion. The disc was self produced and is mostly original music, however there are a few eclectic covers. Some special guest musicians where brought in to help enhance the sound on the the record. Becca Stevens for additional background vocals, and Bill Smith for added percussion on frame drum, doumbek & gongs.

The musicians in Dhamaru have spent years learning their craft.
Chuck has studied various percussion with Baba Olatunji, M’Beba Bangoura, Mohammed Camera, Yaya Nelson, Ladji Camera, Mar Gueye and Glen Webber.
Colin has studied with Hindustani classical singer Madhumita Saha, Indian sitar master Roop Verma, currently studies sarode with Gaurang and Laxmikant Doshi and has a degree in classical guitar from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Both have performed extensively prior to forming Dhamaru.
Chuck records and has toured the U.S. with his friend Arjun Alan Bruggeman (currently with Krishna Das) in their world percussion band known as Ghandharva. He has also appeared live or recorded with Michael Franti of Spearhead, Ganga Giri, Neal Casal, David Darling, Shannon McNally, The John Ginty Band, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Tribe after Tribe (featuring the South African musician Robbie Robb, Jeff Ament of Pear Jam and Doug Pinnick of King’s X), Three Fish, Anthony Krizon (Spin Doctors) From Good Homes and Roamin’Gabriels.

Colin has toured and recorded extensively with his progressive-soul rock band Thinking Plyers, played with the New Orleans Symphony, Lake Charles Symphony and won numerous competitions for classical guitar and composition.

Dhamaru and can be seen performing at Yoga studios and small theaters all over the US.

Produced by Dhamaru
Ocean Flower Records 2010
Genre / World Music



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Praise for Dhamaru (Ocean Flower Records)
In their self-titled debut CD, multi-percussionist Chuck Wood and classically-trained guitarist and vocalist Colin Allured join forces to deliver a unique and uplifting collection of world-inspired music that amounts to much more than just the sum of their parts. Dhamaru, which refers to a sacred Tibetan hand drum, constructs a solid bridge between the ancient music of the east, traditions of West Africa, and contemporary western thinking, inviting listeners of all persuasions to take an enlightened walk across.

From the warm and welcoming opening track, “Mantra Dance,” to the rattlesnake rhythms of “White Cosmic Dog” and the breezy, pop-infused “Sara’s Chant,” the tracks on Dhamaru journey through life’s many moods and cycles, making for relaxed, yoga class-ready accompaniment or pleasing personal listening. This CD offers a rich international flavor which incorporates beautifully-executed mantra vocals with African and Afro-Cuban drumbeats, a guitar style influenced by the stringed instruments of India and Mali, and other creative elements. Through it all, Dhamaru explores the native sounds which “provide a connection back to the source and bring a sense of community and commonality to all of us,” according to percussionist Wood.

This is one world tour that will truly leave you feeling refreshed body and soul, from the inside out.