For those of us in the Northern hemisphere, summer is here and for anyone in Europe that means that the Mama Africa festival 2012 is fast approaching. For Europeans it’s not too late to book flights or drive and have a summer holiday that you’ll love.
If you’re not in Europe there are a number of djembe and drumming Festivals on around the world. You should see if there’s on near you! These reasons apply to any drum camp or festival.
1) Workshops with some of the best djembe players and drummers, dancers and musicians
This year the teachers going include:
ADAMA BILOROU DEMBELE
PETIT ADAMA DIARRA
You can see a list of all artists here.
One thing I loved last time is that you have some amazing drummers playing for the dance classes with really talented dance teachers and participants. Watching the dance classes is a great way to chill and soak up the atmosphere…
2) Breathtaking performances every night
Make new friends and be inspired by the skills and enthusiasm of those around you. The best part of Mama Africa is meeting other people who share your enthusiasm about djembe, drumming and dancing.
4) Try something new
These festivals are the best time to try something different. Every want to try balafon, flute or Ngoni? There are plenty of opportunities and workshops around that you can take advantage of.
I will definitely be going to Mama Africa again (maybe even this year if I can convince my friend to come with me). If Mama African is too far away from you, perhaps there is something similar on close to you.
What camps and festivals are you looking forward to this year?