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Aaron Kierbel is a professional drummer and educator who plays with many top Bay Area groups including Jazz Mafia and Orchestra Gold and has played with The San Francisco Mime Troupe, La Misa Negra, T-Sisters and many others. He is the founder of RhythmALLogy, an organization using drumming and rhythmic expression to build community and connection. His workshops have been presented throughout several continents in schools, jails, festivals and corporate boardrooms. He is proud to be endorsed by Paiste cymbals and Remo drums.

When I was four years old, I had the incredible opportunity of living in northern India with my grandparents. We would play this song on the tape player while rolling around the village in my grandfather's car. It was on heavy rotation throughout my youth. The song appears in the 1957 Bollywood film Asha with Kishore Kumar which came out just as India had pushed out its colonizers after several centuries of brutal exploitative rule. The song is a mash up of styles and to me celebrates the beauty and joy of cultures intersecting to create something new.

Tulsi Holy Basil has been cultivated for centuries across South Asia for religious, medicinal, and culinary purposes. It is a commonly used herb in Ayurvedic medicine. Medicinal benefits include adaptogenic, immune enhancing, antifungal and antibacterial properties. It is also useful in increasing responsiveness to insulin, aiding in controlling blood sugar for diabetics. Adds an excellent flavor and aroma to any tea. For centuries, the dried leaves have been mixed with stored grains to repel insects. Easy to grow, similar to other basils. Sourced from Don Tipping at Siskiyou Seeds and Rowen White at Sierra Seeds in the California Foothills 

 

Sow the seeds directly into the garden or in containers. Sow at 1/4" deep, 2-3 seeds per inch or container, Firm the soil over the seeds. Thinning is not necessary, but a final spacing of 4-8" apart produces healthy, full plants.Holy Basil requires some light for germination. When in containers transplant to the garden when seedlings have 3-4 sets of leaves, spacing at 4-8" apart in rows 18" apart.

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