Voices from the Nations

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Martin and Rebekah are musical wanderers who have a passion for creativity and storytelling. They learn from and link up with artists from around the globe. As they travel, they build friendships, and doors of creativity open forming distinctive musical opportunities.

This web site is a place where we share these adventures and stories, learning from the multiplicity of musical expressions that have been gifted to every tribe and every nation.

Voices from the Nations aims to celebrate music from around the world, encouraging its incredible diversity and discovering the stories that help us understand the unique melodies and sounds. Over the years we have partnered with a variety of peoples within various ethnicities to help create and support special projects. Each one seeks to promote music from different cultures, traditional storytelling and collaborations, some that bring ancient sounds and modern styles together, producing a distinctive new sound.


Voices from the Nations Charity –                               bringing hope through music

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Voices from the Nations Charity has been set up to enable us to help fund local initiatives, through the sales of CD’s and DVD’s. 100% of sales support these projects.

In Tanzania, VFTN partnered with the Wagogo people to help tell their story through music and video (Sing to the Well) and the sales from this project has funded digging a well, building a medical dispensary with solar power and supplying medicines when supplies from the government are low. There has also been a number of famine relief initiatives to help the village of Mnase during periods of drought.

In Cambodia, we have built a relationship with an organization that provides both home and a school of the Arts for children who have been abandoned. Music sales has helped with funds for housing needs.

In America and Canada we have partnered with many First Nations, to help tell their story through the medium of music and video.

Martin and his drumming exploits!

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Martin Neil is a drummer, percussionist and producer. On his travels, he has had amazing opportunities to sit with and learn from master drummers in the Americas, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. This has encouraged him to incorporate authentic indigenous rhythms and sounds into his performances. The tuelle (slit drums from Tahiti), Anklungs (bamboo shakers from Indonesia, kutirindingo (Mandinka drum from the Gambia), tama (talking drum from Nigeria) and the Native American flute are some of the many instruments that find a place in Martin’s “world beat” musical tapestry.

As Martin’s career has developed and grown his interest in other cultures hasn’t just broadened his musical vocabulary as a drummer, it has also opened up a whole world of fascinating projects to him. Martin has used his skills to bring together musicians from different races, creeds and colours to help bring about reconciliation, recognising the huge power that music has to influence the wider community. He has also seen, in many situations, how music can bring hope to the hopeless and a sense of routes and identity to those lost in the melee of situations beyond their control. All this has given him an incredible drive and enthusiasm for his playing and a depth of understanding of the impact of rhythm and sound that goes beyond any normal performance situation. He’s often heard saying with deep gratitude and laughter “I have the best job in the world!”….and maybe…. he has.


Latest  Music from the Nations


Our musical traditions are based on an ancient form of music. From the first people that walked Turtle Island, the song and the drum have always been sacred to Native Americans. The drum has represented a way to honor and pray to the Creator of all. Music is an essential part of Native American culture – giving thanks for life, the harvest, hunting, songs of war and prayer. A duality of prayer and song, ancient chants and a drum heartbeat. This recording is a glimpse of an ancient way of worshiping in a contemporary style.

We are blessed to have such amazing friends Martin and Rebekah… and Martin has greatly inspired me to keep this pure way of music that truly pleases Creator God.

Thank you – Dagooze

Latest Blog Posts

Martin’s Blog
Different perspective on being a musician. - Reminded today of a quote from a book ‘The Healing Drum” by Yaya Diallo. “The star system I see in Western popular music goes very much against the standards of...
Horse riders prohibited, Fuengirola, Spain. Laugh - OK so this is the fun bit! A place to network the best jokes and things that make us laugh. So if you have any send them our way ……...
IMG_1716 Africa - A vast continent that has at least 3000 distinct ethnic groups, (Nigeria alone has more than 370 recognised tribes) each with their own unique culture. Every time we visit, we...
Czech Republic - This year will be quite a year for the Czech people – 100 years as an independent nation, 50 years since the Prague Spring and 25 years since the Czech...
3rd download 140 Sounds from the Voice box - There are so many incredible sounding instruments that we have encountered on our travels, yet there is nothing quite like the human voice for it’s range, diversity and uniqueness. From...
Preparing for an evening of drums The Heartbeat of Music - The drum is one of the oldest known musical instruments, being played in various forms by nearly every people group in the world, producing a huge variety of sounds fashioned...