The Dutch-based vocalist Dymphi Peeters plays the African kora and surprises people around the world. Fans describe her as an “ancient woman” and describe her voice as similar to Lisa Gerrard”
In a sea of meditative world music based on improvisation, Dymphi not only succeeds in the unique instrumentation of the kora, the great expressiveness of sound colors and emotions in her voice that brings you to various parts of the world, but also because she sings in an intuitive ancient language that let you sink out of your head and into your body.
The “Ask your Heart” CD, released in 2017, of the unique Mehmet Polat Trio in which she plays the kora, received many international positive reviews from world music and jazz scene. The Mehmet Polat Trio is a contemporary combination of ud, ney and kora virtuoses. They mix rich musical traditions of the Balkans, Middle East and Africa with a modal jazz approach.
At the moment Dymphi works with composer and producer Andre Schoorlemmer on a new album. In addition, she tours nationally and internationally with the Mehmet Polat Trio, she provides relaxation concerts with kora and vocals and gives workshops voice improvisation and voice healing. She gives Ritual Theater workshops, called: “Warrior of the Dance and Singing“. With her new band Dragonfly she improvises live music for a community of dancers of Ecstatic Dance Utrecht. She also creates a healing sound experience with Kaleidoscope and organises retreats under the name: Natural Source Retreat.
She hopes to inspire others to feel the love in themselves and to act and live from it.
“I love my music to bring you release and peace and it’s my mission to help you express your authentic, full voice”
Besides her work as a musician, she also focuses on voice work. Voice work is a tool to express and transform feelings and energy. It is possible to sing from certain physical parts of the body and express and discover the feelings and messages which are often hidden under the physical pains. It’s not about beautiful singing but about really expressing what you feel from the inside. It works like an energetical cleansing. It is called voice expression or voice healing.
Her roots lay in the East European Folk music and she gained experience in flamenco, voice expression, improvised music and also opera. Originally Dymphi studied Educational Science and Technology which she is combining with her ongoing spiritual researches and experiences. But life took her on the path of music, where her heart truly lies. In general Dymphi loves to develop and expand her horizons.
The African Kora was invented by a woman, but men let it sound into the world. African kora players are named Griot’s or Jeli’s. We would call them troubadours: coaches of the leaders of the village. With their music and stories the Griot’s guide the leaders to stay in their leadership with themselves and their own feelings, to connect them with their inner source and to take decisions from that place. Dymphi is touched by this background of the kora very much.