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. 

About this product: 

Manufactured with a Fiberskyn® fixed drumhead and Acousticon® drum shell material that is 100% recycled wood fiber and finished with a rich red matte acrylic paint. An added feature is a thumb notch cutout with a felt thumb patch for extra comfort. 

Tamburello - $165.00 

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Black Madonna Tambourine

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. 

The Black Madonna tambourine produces a unique combination of the deep, vibrant Sicilian style Tammorra coupled with the vibrant sound of its nine sets of jingles. The image on the head is a striking representation of the Spanish Black Madonna of Monserrat.

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Healing Journeys with the Black Madonna: Chants, Music, and Sacred Practices of the Great Goddess

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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 Orixas: Yemanja and Oxun. 

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  

This book with online video (111 min.) will introduce the reader to the tambourine and folk dance tradition of Southern Italy, the Tarantella. Students will learn the techniques of Tarantella tambourine playing as well as the history of this ancient tradition. This book reflects 25 years of field research and performance by the author, Alessandra Belloni.

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Alessandra Belloni Daughter of the Drum CD

Tarantata Dance of the Ancient Spider

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