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Rusty Eklund Workshops April 26-27, 2014 by JudyMc on Wed Apr 30, 2014 1:52 am
As the co-organizer of the workshops in Des Moines, Iowa it was good to have an early idea of what the format and general content of the classes would be and to see that we provided that general experience to the folks who attended. Rusty responded to the circumstances and skills of individuals in the class and made appropriate refinements in the exact list of rhythms taught. As we attended Rusty's classes, the depth and layers of knowledge he brought to the instruction became really evident. Beyond the basics of hand-patterns, movements, rhythm families and "parts" of a specific rhythm there is a density of content and knowledge of cultural expression in the music to which his first-hand experiences in Mali brings richness. So, it was dense-packed information for those able to glean it and an enjoyable stretching of skill and knowedge for all of us. We intend to have a follow-up session toward the end of his tour and look forward to it.
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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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3/12 practice group by gr3vans on Sun Mar 28, 2010 4:13 am
Sangban/ Kenkeni - me
djembe/ Sangban/ Kenkeni - Karim

Warm up w/ Balakulanya (sangban)
Rest of practice was spent working on Kawa. I've had some trouble with the Sg part and have been working at it. while Karim went through the dance with the dancers I spoke the part aloud. Once the dancers were ready for music I played Kenkeni and Karim played sangban and dununba.

at the very end of the session I played kenkeni part for dununba while dancers stepped to the down beats.

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Adama Drame djembe for sale by johanbotha on Tue Mar 15, 2011 5:54 pm
I'm based in Johannesburg, South Africa - a friend is selling his Adama Drame djembe - with a letter from Adama authenticating it's origin. It's about 14-15" head diameter and beautifully made.

any ideas on what it's worth..

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3/11/10 One World Dance and Drum - Soli week 1 by gr3vans on Sat Mar 13, 2010 1:44 am
This is Sarah-Lee Koumbassa's Dance Class. From here on out I will refer to it as OWDD and assume that she is teaching unless otherwise noted.

Lead Djembe - Karim Koumbassa
Accompaniments - David, First timer Newman
Shekere - another new guy forgot his name

Sangban - Me
Kenkeni - Nick
Dununba - Michael

Warm up - Kassa
Dance for the evening - Soli (week 1)

Everything seemed pretty 'on' tonight. The energy was good, Soli especially rocked. While we were waiting for the dancers at one point I went into the echauffement that Michael Hunter had just showed me and got stuck... this could be because we didn't go over the sangban break and, yeah I got the stink eye from Karim (well deserved). After class Karim showed Michael and me some interesting variations for the dunun and sangban. S var had a really cool 'lilt' at the end. Hopefully I can get him to go over it again so that I can work on applying it with the dancers.

Sarah likes to do the same dance several weeks in a row and...

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