Blog Stats
70Total Entries
106Total Comments
Search Blogs

Feed Random Blog Entries
Forokoroba - Looking for info on this rhythm by on Sat Feb 01, 2014 8:35 pm
Nov 2013, in Guinea, I learned a dance to a rhythm called Forokoroba. After asking my teachers to say it repeatedly, that is how I believe it is spelled ... or at least sounds like it's spelled. I was told it is a Malinke welcoming and celebration rhythm. They likened it to a Yankadi, a happy, feel good "swingy" rhythm. I can not find any history or drum notation on it. I have found a few work shop videos of it being taught in dance classes in France. Can anyone provide me with more information on Forokoroba? Thank you.

0 Comments Viewed 2946 times
Mini-Guinea Singapore, Sep 2010, Day 10 by michi on Fri Sep 24, 2010 1:47 am
Final day of the camp, with one rehearsal at 2:00pm and then the performance at 5:00pm.

This is the hottest and most humid day I've experienced so far. By 3:00pm, the temperature was at 39C (102F), with humidity at 92%. Truly awful.

We did another run-through of the pyramid, including solos by a few people. You can listen to it in this post. After the rehearsal, we all piled into a bus that took us to the performance venue in the middle of town, a large open-air amphitheatre, large enough to hold probably around 1000 people. We deposited our drums back-stage and then had about 1.5 hours time for shopping and to grab a bite to eat.

Several groups performed prior to the pyramid (which was the final act), including a group from India, Japanese Kodo drummers, and the Lila Drum Ensemble. When we finally went on stage, temperature was still in the...

[ Continued ]

1 Comment Viewed 114531 times
winter part 2 by Dugafola on Tue Dec 28, 2010 6:20 pm
winter also means more splits in my fungers.

i try to refrain from playing lead during a dance class warmup so i can get my hands and body warmed up too.

0 Comments Viewed 164396 times
MODOO the new BAGS.... 2010 by kojoba on Fri Oct 22, 2010 12:47 am
I'm just now seeing the posts you guys had about my bags form 2009... thanks for the comments and view points. i need that bit of info on how you think the bags where done. Good, Bad, alright, GREAT!... what ever, the point is there's always room for improvement.
I'm working on the new line now. I've decided to do a "student Level" & a "Pro Level". I'm really trying to change the game in terms of the weight, style, durability, on the bags keeping in mind the craftsmanship in what Tony Lagrutta was going after in a higher quality (Instrument) djembe bag/case. Not commenting on what happened with Tony, but more importantly keep in mind that this is a CLASSICAL INSTRUMENT and it should be treated as such from the HISTORICAL value with its place in history and that its an instrument that's made up of natural raw materials.
Who wants a bag that weigh's half of the weight of there drum? I'm really trying not to put to much hard ware on the case but at the same time...

[ Continued ]

5 Comments Viewed 14821 times
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.

1 Comment Viewed 7559 times

Who is online

Registered users: Bing [Bot]