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Mini-Guinea San Diego, May 2010, day 7 by michi on Wed May 05, 2010 10:51 pm
Day 7 (Tuesday) of the camp.

The intermediate group went over Deniya again and then started a new rhythm (6/8) called Sumalo. This rhythm was composed by Mamady and dates back to 1964. It was part of Ballet Djoliba's first repertoire, created on Kassa Island off the coast of Conakry. The ballet performance was called "The Mother". There was a king called Sumalo who was killed in a war. The king's son went to his mother and said "Give me my father's sword so I can go to the war and avenge his death." The son goes to fight in the war and gets killed as well. The performance piece was quite patriotic, reflecting the recent revolutionary spirit of the time. The woman who played the mother is called Fatadabo and now works in Mamady's household in Conakry.

Another interesting snippet about Ballet Djoliba... Of the 500 people who were originally selected from the regional competitions and moved to Kassa Island, 45 were selected to form what eventually became Ballet Djoliba....

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Rusty Eklund Workshops April 26-27, 2014 by JudyMc on Wed Apr 30, 2014 1:52 am
As the co-organizer of the workshops in Des Moines, Iowa it was good to have an early idea of what the format and general content of the classes would be and to see that we provided that general experience...

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Rusty Eklund Workshop by mandinka323 on Sun Apr 27, 2014 3:30 pm
I just wanted to comment that I attended a wonderful workshop with Rusty Eklund, on Saturday, 4/26/14. It was very well done. We worked on Suku, Wolosso and Numu Foly. Rusty was very patient and clear...

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Forokoroba - Looking for info on this rhythm by kbmountain@gmail.com on Sat Feb 01, 2014 8:35 pm
Nov 2013, in Guinea, I learned a dance to a rhythm called Forokoroba. After asking my teachers to say it repeatedly, that is how I believe it is spelled ... or at least sounds like it's spelled. I was...

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Lonely Djembe by messengert69 on Tue Jan 14, 2014 1:09 pm
I am in Wallasey, Merseyside. I am a lonely Djembeist and really like to meet with others to learn to play properly with like minded players. I have taught myself how to reskin and rope (as first purchase...

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Bolokada Conde invites you to Guinea this Dec.! by MalenaAmusa on Fri Jul 19, 2013 8:14 pm
It brings me great pleasure to invite you to BOLOKADA CONDE's trip & workshop intensive in Guinea this December, 2013 !!

The trip is one of the Bolokada's most ambitious -- 21+ days of daily drum...

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Re: Rusty Eklund Workshop by music on Sun Apr 27, 2014 4:56 pm
Thanks. We had a great day
And FYI.
We covered a series of basic hand patterns that teach beginners how to move their hands on the djembe, preparing them for the series of 10 prominent djembe accompaniments....

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Re: Red Tweneboa Djembe Review by bubudi on Mon Aug 05, 2013 12:13 am
great work on the review michi, and congratulations to benjamin. red tweneboa drums of this caliber should definitely be a consideration for people on a budget or looking to get their first drum, or to...

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Re: Red Tweneboa Djembe Review by Kaitaro on Sun Jan 06, 2013 11:27 am
The recording sounded good. Nice review. Good looking djembe.

Re: Red Tweneboa Djembe Review by michi on Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:00 am
Thanks for the clarification Benjamin. So you are saying that red and yellow might come from one tree, and yellow and white from another, depending on age? I wasn't aware that the same tree doesn't produce...

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RE: Red Tweneboa Djembe Review by aiduenu on Thu Jan 03, 2013 11:06 am
michi wrote:
The Latin species name for Tweneboa is Cordia platythyrsa....


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