The benefits of drumming in promoting physical and mental wellbeing have been recognised through studies around the globe which have shown that drumming has supported patients with conditions such as depression, anxiety and stress. Studies have also shown that in some cases, drumming has worked more effectively than anti-depressants
The Daff is a large Middle Eastern frame drum used in popular and classical music. The frame is usually made of hardwood with many metal ringlets attached, and the membrane is usually fish skin but other skin types such as cow, goat, and horse are used. The Daff is mostly used in the Middle East, Greater Iran, the Indian subcontinent, and Central Asia, and usually accompanies singers and players of the tanbur, violin, oud, saz and other Middle Eastern instruments.
Robina Din, the founder of Mystic Beats, first developed her passion for singing when she was only 8 years old performing a variety of naats at her local Urdu School. Since then, her journey continued and at the age of 18 years, she started to explore the path of Islamic Sufi Mysticism which led her to develop an interest in playing the Daff frame drum. She was soon noticed by her peers who encouraged her to teach Inshaad and the Daff drum and this led to the birth of Mystic Beats.
Mystic Beats has been providing vocal skills sessions and Daff frame drum workshops for more than 15 years across the globe. Mystic Beats’ clients range from community organisations, international charities, primary and secondary schools, faith groups, to weddings and birthday parties!
Throughout her journey, Robina has recited at several events around the world, that have allowed the audience to learn and celebrate the life of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) by singing the many poems that have been written about him, whilst playing the Daff.
The Shimmering Light is one such poem written by the eminent scholar Habib Umar who currently resides in Yemen. It consists of numerous chapters detailing the life of the Prophet Muhammad (saw). Another similar poem is the Qasida Burdah written in the 12th century by Sufi mystic Imam Busairi. The Qasida Burdah is recited around the world in several tunes and with various Daff Drum rhythms.
It is Robina’s dream to spread positivity, promote unity and peace and enhance wellbeing through the sounds of percussion. Through Mystic Beats, Robina has been providing vocal skills sessions and Daff frame drum workshops for more than 15 years in person throughout the UK and online across the globe.
Robina seeks to spread love for Allah and His Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and to create a space for love, connection and wellbeing through Inshaad, coupled with the inherent healing aspects of Daff Drumming.
As some psychologists argue that drumming is better than anti-depressants and during these tough times of Covid-19, Robina is delivering several online workshops on a small group basis to help people to connect around the globe, and to support those who feel isolated.
Ladies Daff Classes (Saturday 22nd May 2021): 5 Weeks Online Workshop. 8:30pm-10pm UK timezone (Saturday 22nd May – Saturday 19th June 2021). Click here to register.
Children’s Daff Classes (Sunday 23rd May 2021): 5 Weeks Online Workshop 4pm-5:30pm UK timezone (Sunday 23rd May – Sunday 20th June 2021). Click here to register.
Children’s Nasheed Classes (6 Weeks Ongoing): Online Nasheed Course. Level 1 and Level 2. 5:45 pm-7 pm (Level 1) and 7 pm-8 pm (Level 2) UK timezone (Saturday 22nd May – Saturday 26th June 2021). Click here to register.
For more information about Mystic Beats visit: www.mysticbeatsdrumming.co.uk