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a month into it.. by boumalicious on Tue May 10, 2011 12:21 am
The trick seems to be to ask the universe :) the calls are starting to come, and I'm holding fast to taking risks and saying no to what doesn't stir me..anyone with advice or suggestions, please feel free! That skin that I was putting back in is fitting pretty well so far..

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Mandeng Djara by Dugafola on Thu Aug 12, 2010 10:26 pm
Mandeng Djara is Mamady's last recorded album on Fonti Musicali. a lot of the rhythms are Mamady compositions with song, kora, balaphon and of course dunun. the songs themselves are traditional songs sung by the women and children in the villages near balandougou. listen to Balandougou Kan track 1 disc 2 and you'll hear some of the same songs.

i had a Mamady moment last weekend driving home from a concert in my altered state, i decided to put on this album for the 70 minute drive after calling my wife to tell her i'm on my way and after inhaling a turkey sandwich.

now i know there are Mamady detractors, but you simply cannot deny the tastefulness of some of those intro arrangements. it's a fine balance b/w precise percussion work without being over the top in regards to the overall melodies of the rhythms....especially when playing off the bala and kora. that's the main thing that blows me away about this album...

...you can also add the telepathic conversation b/w mamady and...

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winter by Dugafola on Fri Oct 22, 2010 4:56 pm
winter means rain here on the central coast of cali.

rain means humidity.

humidity means my drums go down.

i hate tuning drums when it's soggy outside.

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new skin by Bluecatmusic on Fri Jul 20, 2012 4:28 pm
i'm looking for someone in suffolk to re-skin my djembe??

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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 in his explanations, and did much to teach us a lot in a short period. I recommend attending one of his workshops to all, and if you have the chance to study with him, regardless of your skill level, he will find ways to challenge you and to expand your knowledge-base of djembe drumming.

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