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New to site/ my manifesto by gr3vans on Fri Mar 12, 2010 3:09 am
Greetings.

Just found this forum and look forward to using it as a resource for the furthering of my study of Mandeng music. Ideally this will involve giving back as well as taking, so... I have decided to keep a journal of sort of what I am playing and studying and in what venues mostly for my own reference but possibly to inspire discussions and for others to play.

Where I am at in my learning.... On a scale of one to ten, I usually feel like I'm at a two or a three. Realistically I should give myself more credit, but I have forgotten quite a bit during the last several years and am also weak to the drum. I have a steep hill to climb for sure. Back in the last century I came across my first Djembe. It was given to me as a gift on my 18th birthday. There were drum circles near my house at the time so I attended those with an intent to play and learn. There were a few guys in the area that had studied a bit of traditional djembe and dunun and I connected with some of them, in...

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kamele n'goni by vinny_musician on Wed Aug 25, 2010 2:55 am
I am looking to buy a 12 stringed kamele n'goni, does enyone where I can find one?

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Drumming under water, part 2 by michi on Fri Jan 14, 2011 9:12 pm
The waters in Brisbane have mostly receded, but there are still many places that are inaccessible. I went to help friends of mine yesterday in one of the flood-affected areas. They were the lucky ones, living in a high-set house. They had three feet of water under the house and over their entire block. Despite the relatively mild flooding they experienced, the devastation is incredible. Everything is caked with mud, up to a foot deep in places. The smell is overwhelming: not only mud and rotting plant material, but sewage that got pushed out of drains and toilets during the flood. I saw many houses that were far worse off in the same area, some of them inundated to the roof line. People living in these houses have lost absolutely everything.

Traffic is chaotic with many roads closed. Those roads that are passable are covered in mud up to a foot deep. Driving along a flooded road, there are endless piles of destroyed household goods, furniture, clothes, books, and appliances lined up along...

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1 year since I joined by davidognomo on Wed Dec 28, 2011 11:52 pm
I've never made a blog entry.

It has past a year since I joined. I started taking classes more or less at the same time. Took also two workshops (2 days each, though), with Baba Touré and Fode Bangoura.
I directed a play this November where I played djembe with 2 colleages of mine (on the dunduns that I managed to buy). Starting on the 2nd phase of that project this January, premiere the 23th February, on a major theatre here in Lisbon. Shakespeare and west african percussion...

All that I can and want to say is that this site, and mainly this forum, has made me grow a lot. Getting to know artists that I didn't, new rhythms, staying in touch with the feeling and the passion when classes stopped. The cultural and knowledge exchange, the shared passion and ingenuity.

Thank you all.

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Seeking a teacher around the bay area by Arrows on Mon Mar 01, 2010 4:44 am
making a short visit to santa cruz at the end of march, seeking a good Djembe/Dounou class or teacher to connect with while I am there any suggestions????

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