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Years ago, the study of percussion led Bill Summers to a particular ceremony in Brooklyn, where he was introduced to the rich history of religious, spiritual drumming by vocalist Leon Thomas. The path led him to Cuba, where he studied with a venerated master, immersed in a spiritual drum fraternity (Anya) that took him all the way back. He innately recognized the origin, the source, the foundation of all rhythm.

'The oldest sounds and rhythm known to man are in ancient times, and you have to go back to get it. And to get it you have to study, and to study you have to become a man or woman, you have to become close to God' (Bill Summers)

Learning the history of Bata in this deep way has been a 50 year process for Summers - in discussion he will only say he is 'getting there'. All through his illustrious
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