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  • Feb 1
    Rhythm is The Cure in Hawaii! Healing Dance & Drumming Retreat, Feb. 1 - 8, 2020,  Waianae
  • Aug 4
    Black Madonna Musical Pilgrimage in Southern Italy, August 4-16, 2020, 

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Rhythm is the Cure Workshop

Rhythm is the Cure is an intensive healing workshop featuring Southern Italian ritual dances used as music and dance therapy for centuries throughout the Mediterranean. Participants will learn the unique style of tambourine playing and the ancient healing trance dance of the tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula.

The number of participants and length of the workshop can be customized to your needs--one day to 10 days is possible.

Contact Alessandra for more details and to discuss programming Rhythm is the Cure near you!

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Healing Journeys With The Black Madonna - Harcover book, $24, plus $10 Shipping - COMING SOON

An experiential guide to the ancient healing rituals of the Black Madonna

• Reveals the practices and rites of the still-living cult of the Black Madonna in the remote villages of Southern Italy, including the healing rites of the tarantella dance

• Details shamanic chants, rhythms, and songs and how to use them for self-healing, transformation, and recovery from abuse, trauma, depression, and addiction

• Explores the many sacred sites of the Madonnas and connects them to other Great Goddesses, such as Isis, Aphrodite, Cybeles, and the Orisha Yemanja and Ochun

• Includes access to 12 audio tracks

The mysteries of the Black Madonna can be traced to pre-Christian times, to the ancient devotion to Isis, the Earth Goddess, and the African Mother, to the era when God was not only female but also black. Sacred sites of the Black Madonna are still revered in Italy, and, as Alessandra Belloni reveals, the shamanic healing traditions of the Black Madonna are still alive today and just as powerful as they were millennia ago.

Sharing her more than 35 years of research and fieldwork at sacred sites around the world, Belloni takes you on a mystical pilgrimage of empowerment, initiation, and transformation with the Black Madonna. She explains how her love for Italian folk music led her to learn the ancient tammorriata musical tradition of the Earth Goddess Cybele and the Moon Goddess Diana and discover the still-living cult of the Black Madonna in the remote villages of Southern Italy. She vividly describes the sensual shamanic drumming and ecstatic trance dance rituals she experienced there, including the rites of the tammorriata, the transgender rite of Femminielli, and the erotic “spider dance” of the tarantella, which has been used for centuries in the Mediterranean for healing. Sharing chants, rhythms, and sacred songs, she details how she uses these therapeutic musical and trance practices to heal women and men from abuse, trauma, depression, and addiction and shows how these practices can be used for self-healing and transformation, including her personal story of using the tarantella to overcome cervical cancer.

Revealing the profound transformative power of the Black Madonna, Belloni shows how She is the womb of the earth, the dark side of the moon, and the Universal Mother to all. Truly alive for all to call upon, She embraces and gives everyone access to Her divine strength and unconditional love.

Rhythm is the Cure, Southern Italian Tambourine Book/DVD Set - USD: $25.99


To purchase my book, instruments or CDs, email me at Abelloni@aol.com with your shipping address. You can pay either online through the EverButton links on this page or send a check to me at Alessandra Belloni -- 1111 River Rd. AptG33, Edgewater NJ 07020.

Tamburello - USD: $135.00

Southern Italian tambourine designed by Alessandra Belloni with REMO Percussion, based on the authentic Tamburello used for the folk dance known as Tarantella. 12 inches in diameter, one row of double jingles.

Tammorra Napoletana - USD: $185.00

Neapolitan large frame drum with double row of metal jingles, 16 inches in diameter, designed by Alessandra Belloni with REMO, based on the authentic Neapolitan tammorra. Very deep and resonant sound and rich volume.



Black Madonna Tambourine - USD: $135.00

Large frame drum with smaller jingles, 16 inches in diameter, based on the Sicilian large tambourine, with stylized image of the Black Madonna from Sicily and Calabria. With deep resonance and a special handle so it can be used for both Tarantella and North African styles of music. 



Yemanja Frame Drum, $75.00 - 16 inches wide with image of Goddess of the Sea and pocket shaker inside that can be taken out - USD: $90.00

Large frame drum, 16 inches wide, with deep resonant sound. (No jingles.) With image of Yemanja, Goddess of Love and the Sea, from the Afro-Brazilian Yoruba tradition. 

OCEAN DRUMĀ®, 16" Diameter, 2 1/2" Depth - USD: $75.00



Alessandra Belloni Tarantelle e Canti D'amore CD - $15.00



PLEASE NOTE THAT I AM NO LONGER USING PAY PAL SERVICES. TO PURCHASE MY BOOK, INSTRUMENTS OR CDS you need to write to me Abelloni@aol.com and send check to Alessandra

Belloni -- 1111 River Rd. AptG33, Edgewater NJ 07020 and I will ship your purchase.

For international shipping you can do a simple wire transfer directly from your computer. Please email me at Abelloni@aol.com and I will give you the details.

Sorry for the inconvenience. 


I Giullari Di Piazza Earth, Sun, and Moon CD - $15.00

Alessandra Belloni Tarantella Spider Dance CD - $15.00

Alessandra Belloni Daughter of the Drum CD - $15.00

Tarantata Dance of the Ancient Spider - Available in downloadable MP3 format!

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Tarantata Dance of the Ancient Spider by Alessandra Belloni: