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African Soul presents TELEMA TOURS TO GHANA W/A SEPT 2012 by Bortier on Sun Jul 17, 2011 5:43 pm
African Soul presents

Join master drummer Bortier Okoe for a once-in-a-life-time Ghanaian experience. Open your heart and immerse yourself in rich and vibrant culture on a four-week intensive cultural tour. You will live in the town of Nungua amongst the community, learn the traditional rhythms, songs and dances and develop your skills under the guidance of Bortier and local drum and dance masters.

Bortier’s family will welcome you, share their culture, and cook for you their traditional and delicious food. Take part in live performances specially arranged for you, be entertained by renowned performers, learn to cook favourite Ghanaian food, witness traditional ceremonies, take part in weekend excursions and end your tour with a spectacular performance, showcasing your new skills for the whole community.

Though everyone’s experience will be unique, feeling the rhythm of Ghanaian life and the joy of people around you is something eve...

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Gambia by Jacab on Fri Nov 27, 2009 1:47 pm
Hi, I am going to Gambia on the 7th December 2009, I am going on my own and staying at Kotu beach and want to get in as much drumming as I can am pretty new to Djembie but love it, so would be grateful for any info am on a bit of a tight budget Gwen

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Mini-Guinea San Diego, May 2010, day 9 by michi on Fri May 07, 2010 6:00 am
Day 9 (Thursday) of the camp.

The intermediate group started on Mendiani today, and worked through the first few phrases of the solo original.

The advanced group did Soboninkun, including (the complete) solo original. That session was a lot of fun--Soboninkun is one of those rhythms that hovers between 6/8 and 4/4 and really is neither...

The afternoon pyramid was spent rehearsing. The pyramid is complete now, so tomorrow we'll spend time rehearsing and polishing, and maybe add a bit of choreography, but no more new material. I posted a sound clip of the arrangement of Djansa, Macru, Fe 3, and Denadon. (No solos, just short rhythm sections between the arranged breaks.)

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Mini-Guinea San Diego, April 2010, day 3 by michi on Thu Apr 29, 2010 7:09 am
Today, Group 1 reviewed Zaouli 5 for about 15 minutes, and then moved on to Zaouli 6. We got most of the way through the break--only two more phrases missing, which we'll do tomorrow.

Group 2 reviewed Dibon and then moved on to Zaoli 7. They got about halfway through that break.

Monette and Mamady announced that on Sunday, they'll have everyone over for a late afternoon/early evening party. Sadly, I won't be able to attend because I'll be flying to San Francisco on Friday night and will come back only on Monday morning. (I'm visiting long-time friends there for the weekend.)

Mamady announced that, for week 2, he'll be splitting the groups differently, according to skill level. He said that's because he recognizes that some of the advanced people have come from far away and he wants to make sure that they get properly challenged. Seeing how the first three days have shaped up, I'm not at all sure that I want to be challenged any further... ...

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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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