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Bundagen drum and dance camp, October 2010 by michi on Thu Oct 21, 2010 11:42 pm
My belated report from the Bundagen drum and dance camp with Epizo Bangoura…

I drove from Brisbane towards Coffs Harbour on the Saturday, staying with friends overnight near the half-way mark. Not a nice drive because it was pouring with rain. The entire east coast of Australia was covered by dense clouds, and it had been raining steadily for two days already.

On the Sunday morning, I drove through more heavy rain and, having looked at the weather report, which predicted at least another week of more of the same, I decided that I wasn't going to risk staying in a small two-person tent for the whole week without extra protection. So I stopped at a camping store in Coffs Harbour and bought a 4x5m tarp, six poles, rope, and pegs to provide some additional protection from the rain. It set me back almost $200 but, by the end of the week, I was glad I did it…

When I got to Bundagen, mos...

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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 was a carcase with rings) now plays to my satisfaction but could do with advice re tuning. Also purchased a Typhoon (varnished Oak mechanical tuning) minus skin and have rebuilt that one. Now I really want to put them to good use.
Heal the feeling, feel the healing.
As the Djembe is the Healing Drum I want to proceed to the healing.

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Mini-Guinea Singapore, Sep 2010, Day 1-4 by michi on Tue Sep 14, 2010 2:51 am
A quick update on the Singapore camp...

I got there on the morning of the first session and met Mamady outside the venue. He looked a lot more lively and happy than he did last time I saw him at the end of April. He's smiling a lot and the spring is back in his step. Good to see!

About 48 people are attending the workshop. Not all of them will be there for the entire time--some people are leaving early, others are arriving late. So far, numbers seem to be stable in the high fourties.

Day 1

Mamady did the usual thing of spending the first day with everyone together, to sort people into intermediate and advanced groups. He did four rhythms in the first two sessions: Liberte (4/4), Djansa, Garangedon, and Saranken. Saranken is one of Mamady's compositions. "Saran" is the name of a woman, and "ken" means "beautiful". Mamady explained that he wrote the rhythm in homage to everything that is beautiful in women. Not the beauty on the outside but, as Mamady put...

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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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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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