Marita and I just recently completed a successful residency in New Hampshire. Both Students and Teachers were thrilled to learn more about drumming and dancing from West Africa. In this video you see the beginning of a school wide assembly to kick off our residency!
I hope you had a good beginning of 2017 and are now ready to play some drums!
I'm offering a 5 week drum class for Beginner and Intermediate drummers focusing on the rhythms from West Africa. We will learn to play Djembe and the three bass drums Dounounba, Sangba and Kenkeni to create interesting polyrhythms that are fun to play in a group.
WHERE: Portland Friends Meeting House
1837 Outer Forest Ave, Portland
WHEN: 5 Wednesday evenings January 18+25, February 1, 8+15
COST: $130 (Djembes are available to rent. Please let me know!)
Here’s a cool youtube video I came across some time ago which shows the interconnection of rhythm to everyday activities in Guinea, West Africa: walking, working, singing and playing music together. I like the images beginning at 1’50" where they show the process of making a djembe, from cutting down the tree to carving the body and forging the rings and bells, and then finally stretching the skin and shaving the fur.
Be sure to visit the blog often for the most up to date musings and videos posted by Annegret. Here is a video with Annegret Baier performing Kaki Lambe, camera work by Debrah Lemattre, editing by Jonne Trees.