YEMANJO is a project of producer, DJ, and singer/multi-instrumentalist Ben Harris. Born and raised in the rich cultural stew of California's Bay Area, Harris has called Lake Atitlan, Guatemala home since 2016. His original music is a polyrhythmic concoction of downtempo/ethnic house beats blended with traditional instruments and tribal chants from Latin America, Africa and the Middle East--influences drawn from Harris' near-constant world travels. He is well-known on the international conscious dance circuit in Europe, the US and in Central America, where he is part of the vanguard of a flowering dance scene in Lake Atitlan.
Yemanjo's dynamic and highly danceable live show features Harris singing in three languages and playing live trumpet and other instruments over his original beats. Yemanjo is an embodiment of the ancient concept of "music as medicine", and brings an intention of healing and transformation to every production and live set.
Yemanjo's other offerings include: therapeutic massage, live music for yoga and ceremony, Thai massage workshop and circle singing facilitation
Links to music
Words from Echo
I utilize my body as a tool of integration and a vessel of evolution through arts, poetry, dance, and voice. I have been on the path of "me" search (research) for over two decades. When I was a teenager you could find me in the library stacks binging on Nietzsche, Jung, Kant, Marx, Descartes and Alan Watts. I had a desire to find a way out, not through. I was searching for answers among thinkers and finding only more questions. I turned to yoga in my early twenties as a means to burn more physical energy. My tool of escape/ as well as association with the higher self were through my body. I had the polarity paradox of using my body to dissociate, but also to bring me home again. I could switch between the two simultaneously. Dance, art, extreme sports, writing, and other right brain dominant activities brought me into a deep relationship with my physical form. But the relationship would become much deeper as I learned to ground myself, stay present, and feel the fullness of my experience. Dancing with grace between dark and the light.
I feel a push towards wholeness. A push for us all to achieve what it means to be truly human in our fullness. What I have to offer as a facilitator is my undivided attention to my students, and to my Sangha, as we journey together towards integrative healing of the self through the movement and the arts.
Links to Live Sets, Movement & Meditation