Folake Phillips

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Organization/Affiliation (no abbreviation): 
los gatos, CA 95033
United States
Short biography and a description of your interest(s) in music and health: 
AWỌ is a social justice nonprofit that offers inspiring educational and awareness programs curated with various forms of the arts to bring people together across racial, economic and cultural divides for the purpose of healing and community making. AWỌ was founded in 2020 by Folake Phillips, a Yoruba princess from Osun State in Nigeria, in response to the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minnesota police and the national street protests that erupted for Black Lives Matter in the midst of the US COVID-19 pandemic.

After curating a series of events that focused on the power of music and sound for healing and bringing people together for conversations and dialogue, and the remarkable array of experiences shared, I started to learn more about music and medicine through a friend who encouraged me to research and learn more about the therapeutic benefits of music and sound- in particular, how it affects the brain and how it can be used to aid treatment and care for certain groups.

Collaboration Interests: 
African drums as a healing/therapeutic device, sound healing and music therapy, healing rhythms, tones and inner balance
African Drum, Sound Healing, Music Therapy, Music and Medicine, African Rhythmic Therapy