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A Year in the Life of a Djembe Addict by EvanP on Fri Dec 23, 2011 5:50 pm
I'm Evan and I'm a djembe addict.

It's been a little over a year since I not only learned what a djembe is, but how to spell it, how to play it (sometimes/mostly), at least names/locations of 25% of the countries in Africa, and about 2% of their culture.

In January I had the opportunity to attend a Mamady Keita workshop. Although I didn't meet the minimum requirement of 1 year of experience, my teacher requested an exception for me and Ali/Mamady approved. All of the superlatives are trite and overused, but it blew my mind. I learned so much, not just about drumming and rhythms, but about pedagogy. Mamady is the best teacher of anything I've ever had. He was able, in a class of 40-50 people, to connect individually with each of us, offering encouragement and pushing to our limits (but not beyond). An added bonus was an amazing party after the second class at a local Cuban musician's house for a rumba. The energy and music was fantastic, and it was great seeing Mamady play conga...

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Where have all the notation web pages gone? by ladydjembe on Sun Nov 18, 2012 2:57 pm
When I started out playing Djembe, I remember scouring the web and finding many wonderful sites full of great notation. Where have most of them dissapearing to. Where are all the notation libraries gone are they only up for profit now?
Wap pages still there...great
Where did Djansa.be go??. This was the most informative site ever.
Did djembefola.com also have lists once upon a time?.
Or did I imagine all these wonderful pages on the web in a dream.

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Camp Menifanye by michi on Tue Jun 29, 2010 9:45 pm
Just got back from Camp Menifanye.

This was the first time this camp was held, and the first time that Queensland has had a camp of such a high-calibre profile. Teachers:

  • Lansana "Sana" Camara
  • Mohamed "Bangouraké" Bangoura
  • Sibo Bangoura
  • Malin Sylla
  • Aicha Keita
The camp was held at an eco-community in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, in beautiful bushland. It's a great venue for a camp. They have a nice hall for the classes, complete with giant screen for watching movies at night. (We watched Djembefola on the Saturday night.) Accommodation is very nice too—small dorms (four persons each), and a nice community dining hall.

There were around 25 drummers an...

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Wow, we have blogs by djembefola.com admin on Sat Oct 24, 2009 2:29 am
Hey guys, we all have blogs now! Enjoy!

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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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