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Djembe Troubles by bill on Sun Apr 17, 2011 1:34 pm
Greetings to All from St. Lucia, West Indies.
As a newbie to the world of djembe, I am seeking some advice. A few months ago I purchased a drum from http://www.goldcoastdrums.com in London. The drum is fine (although not the specific drum ordered) with good tone and resounding bass. Last week I took delivery of a second djembe which was kindly and carefully delivered by a friend traveling from England. This one is a complete disaster. The wood appears to have dry rot and crumbles away at the touch of a finger. There are a couple small cracks, just superficial. Wherever the chisel made grooves in the wood, it is crumbling away. On top of that, the skin was loose, pressing a finger on it showed a fairly deep indent. The bass was a dull thud.
So I used all the rope available a did diamonds but the skin did not tighten. I undid it all and tightened the verticals and ended up with about three feet of extra rope...

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Teaching Youth the Djembe by PeacefulWarrior on Sat Apr 17, 2010 6:13 am
I recently started sharing the little I know about playing Djembe with youth’s ages 8 to 11. It is challenging to hold their attention but so rewarding when I see the youngsters 'get it'. I am motivated to share with the youth because to me the future of maintaining the integrity of the traditional West African rhythms is in found in the hearts, minds and spirits of youth inclined to view West African rhythms as important. Trouble is even for the ones that demonstrate a strong connection with the rhythm they must divide their attention with the computers, cell phones and I-pods. I am introducing this topic because I would like to hear stories of teachers of the rhythms, to especially the youth. What are your experiences your triumphs and techniques used to effectively reach the youth?

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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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Aha! so THAT'S who I am, I'd forgotten! by boumalicious on Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:02 pm
This is totally self-indulgent, but also a nice space to log what I'm doing drum-wise, and keep me on track if I drift... Right now, I'm smiling - five years ago, I stopped full-time self-employment teaching West African drums, to work in a school and hold down the mortgage while my partner stepped out into his own bliss. Made redundant a month ago, finishing end of June - and feel like I'm putting back my own skin :) So this is the Easter break, and I'm going through all the notation, recordings and notes I have on my computer, reminding myself of stuff I've not looked at for far too long, and remembering who I really am.

Have booked myself in for a weekend in May with Seckou Keita, to play dunun for friends' workshops at Drum Camp, and am figuring out how I can get back into enough work to get me to Mali within the next 18 months - went to Sangbarala with Famoudou Konate a couple of years ago, but...

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