Internationally acclaimed percussionist, poet, and storyteller John de Kadt is coming to Mangawhai as part of his NZ tour! John plays ethnic percussion instruments from across the globe and has a passion for spoken word, whether it's in poetry, song, rap, or story. He plays with kirtan artists worldwide and is a founding member of the well-known devotional group The Hanumen. Motivated by a love of the earth, community, and wisdom traditions, John's poetry and story stirs the heart and awakens us towards a remembrance of ourselves and the wildness of the natural world. His sixth album, Speak, was released in 2016.
Story means "store house." When a story possesses reminders and meaning needed during challenging t imes they become wisdom stories, sacred stories or places of treasured remembrance. It is then, when we have lost our way, that we can reach back into the "store house" of our ancestors to remember and review what it is that we burn for and how to awaken.
For all of human history we have been sharing in the oral tradition of storytelling. It was a central vehicle for humans to impart wisdom, entertain, teach and retain information from generation to generation.
In the past 100 years this enchanting, educational and heart-warming art has been all but lost in modern culture.
Come join us for a mesmerizing evening of wisdom stories and drumming with the phenomenal John de Kadt. This event is oriented towards adults however it is certainly a magical journey for all humans big and small who love to be carried on the wings of adventure, myth and magic.