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Healing Journeys of the Black Madonna: Alessandra Belloni
April 3 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Join Internationally renowned singer, percussionist, author & teacher ALESSANDRA BELLONI as she presents her new Book complete with a music CD: ” HEALING JOURNEYS WITH THE BLACK MADONNA” published by Inner Traditions – Bear & Company release with foreword by bestselling author Matthew Fox .
for a SPECIAL BOOK LAUNCH FOLLOWED BY A CONCERT
featuring: healing chants, ritual drumming & trance dance ceremonies in honor of the Black Madonna from Southern Italy, France, Spain, Brazil
ALESSANDRA BELLONI, lead vocal, mezzo-soprano, southern Italian percussion
WED APRIL 3rd, 2019
$20 suggested donation
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The concert features music from the CD an enchanting journey of discovery of the seven Black Madonnas, following the ancient Neapolitan legend, known as the “Seven Sisters” in Southern Italy. This trip into traditional legends, miracles and history, transports audiences to a time and place where an unbroken and ancient tradition continues today with processions, drumming rituals, chanting and sensual dancing in honor of the Black Madonna.
Alessandra Belloni will speak about her book which is based on 35 years of academic research and fieldwork.
The book is a musical-spiritual guide highlighting one woman’s mystical journey of empowerment and transformation and revealing the mysterious Black Madonna as a Christian tradition with origins in pre-Christian devotion to the Earth Goddess and the African Mother. It comprises 12 chapters and each one ends with the description of the ritual prayers, lyrics and notations of the chants.
The traditional music includes the ancient chant to the Madonna of Montevergine (Avellino) from the region of Campania the Black Madonna known as Mamma Schiavona, the Serving Mother, who is considered the most important of the seven sisters. She continues to be venerated on a high sacred mountain, which pilgrims still climb barefoot while chanting and drumming in her honor. The drumming is known as TAMMORRIATA, a sensual dance which dates back to the rites of the Mother Earth Goddess Cybele, now worshiped as the Black Madonna. It also features new original compositions by Alessandra Belloni dedicated to the Earth Goddess, and the Yoruba African Orishas, Ochun, Yemanja, the Black Madonna of the Gypsies form France and the Mary Magdalen.