Despite the flamenco sounds of Madrid being the soundtrack to Regina Rhythm’s childhood, she went on to study the piano and sing through music school before her curiosity led her to dance and martial arts—the latter a discipline that gave her a deep appreciation of the confluence between breathwork and movement. Regina Rhythm was then attracted to the Djembé drum as an instrument of expression and was influenced by the West African drummers she encountered in London and then on her travels around Ghana and beyond. Connecting with plant medicine in Colombia later helped her to meld all of her experiences and passions into one more holistic life philosophy.
Regina Rhythm sees music and movement as a form of medicine, and holds shamanic sessions focused on bringing people into harmony with the pulse of the Earth. Here, she reflects on her recent learnings and more.
What inspired you to do what you're doing?
I wanted to explore how music can bring communities together in a space of peace and joy. Spending time in Africa, Latin America and Asia, learning their culture, their ceremonies—this showed me the depth and power of music to connect with the essence of life and bring unity.
Do you think you'll ever change direction?
That’s impossible to know. Life is unpredictable.
What advice would you give your younger self today?
Don't doubt yourself, just do it.
Do you consider your work a luxury or a necessity?
A luxury. Not many have the opportunity or drive to do what they really dream of in their life.
Who was the last person to make a significant impact on your thought processes?
My dear brother Manose Singh, the master bansuri player and composer from Nepal. His music touched a divine place within me. He also showed me how to find magic in the little things around us and how beauty can be expressed in such simple yet touching ways.
How do you keep yourself inspired?
Nature, silence, people, stories...
What do you do when you're not "working"?
I am always “working.”
What do you want people to take from your work?
The opportunity to go deep into the heart space and feel liberated, tapping into their essence and recognising the beauty of the unique expression of their authentic self.
What are you currently listening to, reading, or watching?
Right now, I am spending all my time sharing with the community, recording my music, and preparing my next online retreat and drum course.
As a medicine woman, do you feel any obligations during this global pandemic?
I feel in dark times we must hold as much light as we can. To me, that means to provide a space where people can let go and release their pain and heavy loads and transform it all into the fire that brings motivation and the flow of creativity, encouraging self-care and unconditional love for one and another.
What do you think something like a global pandemic does to collective/individual creativity?
We become more active as we try to adapt and learn new ways. We come together to find solutions. We have time to be with ourselves and not put aside what we want to create as this helps express our feelings.
How did the isolation influence your creative process?
I felt drawn to be open to try new things and to trust. The tap of creativity is fully open and so many visions of hope are present. I am grateful for this pandemic in many ways. I am feeling the collective grief and my heart is with everyone but if we can unite and find peace with one another, this pandemic may serve a good purpose for us all.