"La Medicina" Release: Earth Day 22 April 2020!
Regina's life has always been surrounded by music. Her motherland is Sevilla, South Spain. Although she grew in the capital Madrid, her mother immersed her deeply in her flamenco roots by listening daily to the music of her land. As a child she loved music so much, her mum decides to puts her into a music school at the age of ten, to earn for a few years the basics of music theory, singing and piano.
In an interesting turn of life at the age of 13, she feels drawn to explore her other passions. Teenagers years become a time of connection with music through her body and finds freedom in expressing this way. She deepens her practice into martial arts and dance, which gives her the foundation for the connection between movement, breath and energy flow.
It is at the age of 18 that she encounters the Djembe, and a whole world of rhythm opens up to her for the rest of her life. The drum really captivated her heart and her meditation becomes spending time in the mountains with her drum, listening to the message of Bob Marley and reading the teachings of Carlos Castaneda. Nature the greatest teacher had a clear message ~
"Respect nature and nature will respect you".
At fresh age of 20 she travels to London to discover something new away from the normal social scene which didn't fulfilled her. Very soon after her arrival she encountered "Akwaaba", an African Community Gallery in the market of Camden, which would be part of her life for the next 12 years. She started to learn how to play all sorts of African drums and engaged with all the best West African musicians based in London.
At the young age of 22, she starts to visit regularly Ghana in West Africa, together with her partner Leslie Kontoh, father of her two daughters, owner of Akwaaba Galleries, drum maker and African Arts supplier, son of a chief in a tribe from the Ga people in Ghana. Travelling with him around West Africa allows her to soak for over 10 years in the richness of their culture and their traditional ways. She deepens her practice in the traditional African music and her life gets fully immersed in rhythm and ceremony.
She fells in love with this beautiful people, of big smiles and generous hearts, that live in simple way as a community and with a strong relationship with the spirits of nature. She learned for over ten years African drumming, dancing and ritual from master musicians in the villages. She starts holding space at the early early of 24 and teaching drumming in the community and the education system.
After separating from her partner she felt drawn into exploring other tribal cultures and their relationship between music and spiritual shamanic journey.
She spent time in the Putumayo, Colombia connecting with plant medicine which opened her abilities to channel music as a healing tool for mind, body and spirit.
She got initiated in the Amazonian plant medicine of Cacao by the Bri-Bri people in Costa Rica, which became part of her ceremonial work as a way to open the heart together with her music.
Mantra is the last practice that rounded her work. She first got interested in the healing properties of our one voice which took her to learn about cymatics and overtones, having English pioneer teachers like Jill Purce and Ravi. A couple of year after and she encountered mantra ambassadors Deva Premal and Miten with Manose. She is captivated by mantra and find the similarity that has with drumming; bringing people together and helping to connect with other realms of reality through trance state, finding inner silence by the repetition of this sacred sounds.
She has recently sing on stage with Deva Premal and Miten, Manose Singh, Jai Uttal, Sam Garrett and Jahnavi Harries. All amazing artists bringing the medicine of their music into the world.
In the last years, as her daughters are growing into teenagers, she starts to spread her work internationally as she travels to Costa Rica, California, Corfu, Amsterdam, Mallorca and Croatia to name some.
Here in London, she collaborates with many artists and between a big network of sisterhood and community, sharing her many offerings and bringing the pulse of the drum where ever she goes.
Dear friends, soon I will start my personal blog were I will share stories of my life with you all.