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Author:  michi [ Fri Sep 17, 2010 2:05 am ]
Blog Subject:  Mini-Guinea Singapore, Sep 2010, Day 7

Day 7:

The intermediates continued to work on Yankadi/Macru and spent the entire session on that.

The advanced group finished the solo for Djagbe, and Mamady then showed the dunduns for Djagba. It's Djagbe as it is played in the Kouroussa region, where they use a different dundun pattern.

Mamady also improvised to Djagbe. The improvisations he does once he has finished teaching a rhythm are a highlight of his camps for me. You get to sit right there and are treated to some of the best djembe playing anywhere in the world. You can find a recording of it in the Media section.

The advanced group then moved on to Soliwulen and finished all the basic parts for that. Mamady will teach his solo technique for Soliwulen today.

The pyramid added another rhythm slotted in between Kedu and Soliwulen: Tiriba. This is the first time I've seen Mamady use six rhythms instead of five for a pyramid.

The evening was spent at the "Blu Jaz Club", a restaurant and bar where we had three different groups perform: James's group from Hongkong, the Lila Drum Ensemble from Singapore, and Kelvins group. Most of the people in James's group and in LDE have not been playing all that long; despite that, they put together some awesome grooves with complex arrangements and interesting licks. That really rocked, and everybody had a great time. Kelvin's group is more accomplished and performed a number of Kelvin's compositions. One piece included drum kit in the mix. That was really fun to listen to. Great grooves, interesting arrangements, and a sterling demonstration of what can be done with a djembe/dundun ensemble outside the framework of traditional rhythms. I had a really good time listening! The evening finished off with an impromptu performance by some of the advanced and certified players. Great evening all round!

Another highlight: I just bought another djembe. (Yes, I know, I need to work on this problem...) It's number 2 of 40 "Mamady Keita Signature Series" djembes. (Kelvin bought number 1 :) ). It's a limited edition of drums that are hand-selected by Mamady, made by his favourite carver, and assembled by Jeremy. Each djembe has Mamady's signature in metal work on the foot, and the carving and shape are first rate. Mine is made of Djalla and sounds very nice :) I'll post a picture when I get home...


Author:  Djembe-nerd [ Fri Sep 17, 2010 3:19 am ]

we'll be waiting :-)

Author:  michi [ Sun Sep 26, 2010 4:09 am ]

Check out the images here.

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